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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


Course Summary

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. 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.

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Full time


1 year

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This module consists of a series of modules on the following topics: the application of visible and ultra-violet light to studies of native biomolecules or biomolecules conjugated with chromophores or fluorophores (biophotonics) and for imaging biological tissues; nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and biophysical assays for applications to structural and dynamic studies of proteins and protein complexes; X-ray crystallography and high-resolution structure determination of macromolecules; electron microscopy applied to biomacromolecules and composite biological structures; and the use of in silico techniques such as molecular dynamics to predict the structure and behaviour of proteins based on an understanding of their physical properties. The course will emphasise the physical basis of each technique and how this relates to its limitations leading to an appreciation of why several experimental and computational techniques, applied in combination, provide the most robust information.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in chemistry or a closely related discipline with a strong chemistry component. Your undergraduate degree must have included biology. 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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