What will you study on the BSc/MSci Pharmaceutical Chemistry?
Our Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme is divided into four learning themes that are developed through the course of your study:
Core chemistry knowledge
Chemistry subjects are taught throughout the course of the programme with special emphasis given to organic and analytical chemistry. Year 1 begins with foundations of chemistry and analytical chemistry followed by applied physical and inorganic chemistry in year 2 as well as advanced organic chemistry which is further developed in years 3 and 4 (MSci only).
Laboratory work is an integral component in the career of a pharmaceutical chemist and therefore an integral component of your study. Year 1 begins with foundations of practical chemistry, followed by advanced practical chemistry in year 2, specialised organic synthesis techniques and a dissertation project in year 3 and MSci project in year 4.
Broad understanding of biological functions in diseases and how drugs work will be developed from year 1 with biochemistry, followed by pharmaceutical chemistry in year 2, pharmacology and toxicology in year 3 as well as a dedicated module on drug discovery.
Numeracy and computational skills
Numeracy is an essential skill in chemistry developed from year 1 through the professional development module followed by research methods and statistics in year 2. These modules also provide you with generic computational skills such as processing data, using spreadsheets, word-processing and internet communication. Specialised computational skills related to chemistry and drug discovery are developed in year 3 through the computational chemistry module and in year 4 through cheminformatics (MSci only).
What will you gain?
Upon completion of this course you will have gained the following experience and abilities:
- Analytical instrumentation application
- Synthetic organic chemistry skills
- Compound purification and characterisation proficiency
- Computational skills with drug discovery tools
- Research methods and statistics
- Collection and interpretation of experimental data
- Enhanced teamwork and interpersonal capacities
- Communication skills including advanced literacy and presentation skills
- Problem solving capability
- Independent thinking, creativity and innovation