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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MChem, BSc Medicinal Chemistry

Programme code:MCBS-MEDCHEMUCAS code:F153
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Richard Foster Contact address:R.Foster@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

Typically, grades AAB 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 in depth of its application in a wide variety of contexts with particular in-depth emphasis on medicinal chemistry;
- provide students with a detailed appreciation of chemistry and medicinal chemistry, and the necessary background and intellectual training for a wide range of professional careers;
- develop a student's ability to apply his/her chemical knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems at the forefront of medicinal chemistry;
- provide the knowledge and experience which constitute an essential preliminary to performing original research with a degree of autonomy 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 developed and balanced foundation of chemical knowledge, of scientific principles in a wider context, and encourage by experience the 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, and the ability to apply them in innovative situations;
- provide an insight into selected areas of 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;
- provide experience in carrying out a research project which includes a literature search, the planning and carrying out of experiments, and the processing and evaluation of results which are then presented in a variety of formats;
- enable students to enter the chemistry profession at a level beyond that of the corresponding BSc programme, and they will be able to plan and undertake a coherent and extended research project, either within a higher degree programme or within suitable industries;
- conform to professional standards in chemistry, and to satisfy the admission criteria for full Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) with Chartered Chemist status (CChem).


Relationship with other programmes:

Students are recruited into the Medicinal Chemistry degree programme on a provisional basis until the end of Year 2, at which point students who have achieved a good performance in the examinations will be allowed to transfer (with the permission of the Head of Department) to a MChem, BSc Medicinal Chemistry programme if they so wish. The BSc and MChem, BSc programmes then diverge in Year 3.

The MChem, BSc Medicinal Chemistry programme shares a common first year with the programmes in Chemistry and Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry, and transfer between these courses will be allowed with the permission of the Head of Department until the point of divergence at the end of Year 1.

Students who, at the commencement of Year 2, have provisionally indicated the intention to transfer to a MChem, BSc Medicinal Chemistry programme with the Industrial option will be given appropriate assistance and guidance in preparation.

Formal transfer to the relevant MChem, BSc programme is still subject to a good performance in Year 2.


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
CHEM3231Reactivity in Organic Chemistry - Principles and Applications10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3455Advanced Lab Work for MChem (Medicinal)30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

A pass in CHEM3455 (or equivalent) is required to progress to the fourth year.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules:

CHEM3185Atmospheric Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3190Chromatography and Analytical Separation10 creditsSemester 1
CHEM3211Properties and Applications of Materials10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3246Soft Matter: Self-Assembling and Polymeric Materials10 creditsSemester 2
CHEM3261Fundamental Supramolecular Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2

From the 40 credits of optional modules students may select one of the following options:

CHEM3212Big Data, Big Science10 creditsSemester 2
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).


Year4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

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

CHEM5460MLaboratory-based Project Work 6M60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CHEM5601MAdvanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 60 Credit60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 09/05/2019

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