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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Medicinal Chemistry

Programme code:BS-MEDCHEMUCAS code:F150
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Richard Foster Contact

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Typically, grades ABB at A-level, including Chemistry (but not including General Studies or Critical Thinking).

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Chemistry

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Chemistry

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:


Programme specification:

The programme will:

- provide an environment for study that will encourage an enthusiasm for chemistry and an appreciation of its application in a wide variety of contexts with particular in-depth emphasis on medicinal chemistry;
- provide students with a broad appreciation of chemistry and medicinal chemistry, and the necessary background and intellectual training for a wide range of careers;
- develop a student's ability to apply their chemical knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems in medicinal chemistry;
- provide the knowledge and experience which are an essential preliminary to performing original research in chemistry or a related multidisciplinary field, either in industry, government research laboratories, or academic institutions;
- enable the students to aspire to the highest professional standards in chemistry;
- give a broad and balanced foundation of chemical knowledge, of scientific principles in a wider context, and of transferable skills that are of value in both chemical and non-chemical employment;
- provide students with an understanding of the principles, both theoretical and experimental, of organic, inorganic, physical, theoretical and medicinal chemistry;
- provide an insight into selected areas of medicinal chemistry where major and important developments are currently taking place;
- develop an appreciation of the importance of chemistry in industrial, economic, environmental and social contexts, with a particular emphasis on the relevance of medicinal chemistry;
- enable students to satisfy the admission criteria for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).

Progression through all years is dependent on achieving a minimum 100 credits including passing compulsory modules.

Relationship with other programmes:

The BSc Medicinal Chemistry programme shares a common first year with the BSc in Chemistry, and transfer between these courses will only be allowed with the permission of the Director of Student Education until the points of divergence at the end of Year 1.

Transfers onto MChem Medicinal Chemistry or Chemistry programmes beginning at Level 2 or 3 are dependent on a student achieving an overall academic average of 60%. At Level 2 this must include an average of 60% or higher in compulsory theory modules.

Students wishing to pursue an International programme will be required to transfer to the corresponding Chemistry programme.

Students wishing to pursue an Industrial programme will be given appropriate assistance and guidance in seeking an industrial placement at the commencement of Year 2. If a placement is not obtained, then the student will transfer to the equivalent Chemistry programme which is based at Leeds for the duration of the degree.

The industrial placement must be approved by the University to contain sufficient chemical content that it can form an assessed component of the course.

Students that obtain an industrial placement but who fail to meet the academic progression requirements at the end of Level 2 will usually progress on a BSc programme.

Students that obtain an industrial placement which is not approved as having sufficient chemical content to form an assessed part of the course will usually progress on a BSc programme.

Students may transfer into the Industrial programme from other programmes subject to obtaining an approved industrial placement and meeting the required academic progression targets.

Students wishing to exit their studies at any time must seek advice from the Student Education Service staff in the School.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM1101Chemistry 1: Bonding and Behaviour20 creditsSemester 1
CHEM1201Chemistry 2: Energy, Structure and Transformation30 creditsSemester 2
CHEM1301Chemistry: The Interdisciplinary Science10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CHEM1410Practical Skills in Chemistry30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students will be required to pass CHEM1101 and CHEM1410 to progress to the second year.

Optional modules:

Students on all single honours chemistry programmes of study with Grade C or less in Mathematics A-level (or equivalent) will be required to study CHEM1181 Mathematics for Chemists (10 credits). Other students (with Grade B or higher in Mathematics A-level) will be required to study CHEM1281 Mathematical Tools for Chemists (5 credits).

CHEM1181Mathematics for Chemists10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CHEM1281Mathematical Tools for Chemists5 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students will also study 20-30 credits of discovery modules (up to a total of 120 or 125 credits).

The School particularly recommends the following discovery modules: CHEM1200 The Extraordinary Chemistry of Everyday Life, CHEM1100 Science and Society: An ethical view, and CSER1022 Future Career planning for Chemists.

Students will be required to pass CHEM1101 and CHEM1410 to progress to the second year.

The award of Certificate of Higher Education requires obtaining 100 credits in Year 1 (or above), with a minimum of 80 credits of compulsory modules (including CHEM1101 and CHEM1410)

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM2141Introduction to Organic Synthesis10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2152Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2190Structure and Spectroscopy10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2215Introduction to Drug Design10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2241Organic Structure and Mechanism10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2252Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2270Organometallic and f-block Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2290Equilibrium and Analysis: from Ions to Proteins10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2451Further Practical and Research Skills for Medicinal Chemists30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students will be required to pass CHEM2451 to progress to the third year.

The award of Diploma of Higher Education requires obtaining 200 credits, with a minimum of 100 credits in Year 2 (or above), (including CHEM2451).

Optional modules:

Candidates will select 10 credits to study from the following optional modules:

CHEM2111Structure and Synthesis of Materials10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM2200Science and Society: The Critical Interface10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM2600Chemistry: Idea to Market10 creditsSemester 1
COLO2600Advances in Colour and Polymer Sciences10 creditsSemester 2

Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will normally be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM3122Advanced Organometallics and Catalysis10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3145The Medicinal Chemistry of Drug Development10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3180Organic Synthesis10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3222Chemistry at the Molecular Level10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3421Project Work for BSc Students40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CHEM3422Laboratory Work for BSc Medicinal Chemistry Students10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

CHEM3185Atmospheric Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3190Chromatography and Analytical Separation10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3211Properties and Applications of Materials10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3212Big Data, Big Science10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3231Reactivity in Organic Chemistry - Principles and Applications10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3246Soft Matter: Self-Assembling and Polymeric Materials10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3261Fundamental Supramolecular Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2

Students can select a maximum of one module from the following options:

CHEM3611Chemistry: Making an Impact10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3621Ethical Issues in Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3666Chemistry into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students will be required to seek approval from the module leader and complete a Change of Module form to enrol on CHEM3666. Students who take CHEM3666 will also be required to enrol on a 20 credit laboratory module (CHEM3420) and will need to change to a 10 credit Literature Project (CHEM3437).

The award of the Honours Degree requires obtaining a minimum of 280 credits, with a minimum of 80 credits at Level 3 (including CHEM3421 and CHEM3422).

Last updated: 30/08/2019


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