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Medicinal and Biological Chemistry MSc

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Chemistry

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Programme description

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry requires a thorough understanding of molecules, their structures, properties and synthesis, but it also demands the chemical understanding of the nature of biological structures, from macromolecules to cells, the design of pharmaceutical materials in the laboratory and their function in clinical settings.

The knowledge and skills acquired in the course will leave graduates well equipped to compete for positions related to 'drug discovery' in chemical, pharmaceutical or biotechnological companies.

The degree consists of advanced lecture courses in:

  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Biophysical Chemistry

These are studied concurrently with a predominantly practical based course offering an introduction to research methods.

Students then proceed to a period of full-time research project work, leading to the submission of their Masters dissertation.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students should have developed a depth of comprehension and critique in the core elements of their subject area, including:

  • critical analysis and management of data;
  • judging the relationship between theory and methodology;
  • assessment of the appropriate methods of data collection/analysis to address the research question;
  • assessment of relevance of previous studies;
  • critical thinking.

Additionally they will have enhanced their professional/practical skills through:

  • experience of research design and management;
  • advanced instrumentation or techniques;
  • production of scientific reports.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as:

  • written, visual and oral delivery and dissemination of research findings;
  • interpersonal and communication skills;
  • computing proficiency;
  • organisation skills.

Career opportunities

Graduates are well suited to take up roles in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, either in research and development or sales and marketing. You will gain valuable work experience in a real-life research environment.

Alternatively, a Masters degree is a precursor to a PhD degree.

Our courses teach students the valuable skills they need to also move into other areas outside chemistry. Careers in IT, management or finance are possibilities after completing your degree.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

14-SEP-20

Modules

This module emphasises how three-dimensional structure illuminates the understanding of mechanism and how "form follows function". The course consists of a series of modules on the following topics: amino acids and the chemistry, folding, structure and function of proteins; RNA and DNA structures and properties and the encoding and retrieval of genetic information; protein-nucleic acid interactions as exemplars of molecular recognition; the synthesis of proteins on the ribosome, and their recombinant production and purification in the laboratory; proteins that bind metal ions, their role in living systems and bioinorganic chemistry; proteins that can be reduced or oxidised, redox potentials and cellular electrochemistry; and proteins in action as sequential catalysts in synthetic pathways of natural products.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£14,600

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£30,300

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in chemistry, or a closely related discipline, with a strong chemistry component. We may also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, with relevant work experience and supportive references.

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