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2022/23 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MChem, BSc Medicinal Chemistry

Programme code:MCBS-MEDCHEMUCAS code:F153
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Martin McPhillie Contact address:M.J.McPhillie@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:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM1101Chemistry 1: Bonding and Behaviour20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM1201Chemistry 2: Energy, Structure and Transformation30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM1301Chemistry: The Interdisciplinary Science10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CHEM1401Practical, Professional and Research Skills for Chemists40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students will be required to pass CHEM1401 to progress to the second year.

Optional modules:

Students may study up to 20 credits from the following options. 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).

CAPE1070Foundation Engineering Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM1181Mathematics for Chemists10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM1200The Extraordinary Chemistry of Everyday Life10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
IDEA1100Science & Society: An Ethical View10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

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

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 CHEM1401).


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM2121Organic Chemistry: Conformation, Configuration & Reactivity10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM2131Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM2191Structure and Spectroscopy10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM2211Organometallic Compounds and their Applications10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM2215Introduction to Drug Design10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM2221Organic Chemistry: Introduction to Pericyclic, Heterocyclic and Bioorganic Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM2231Quantum Mechanics and Bonding10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM2291Analytical and Applied Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM2451Further Practical and Research Skills for Medicinal Chemists30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits from the following optional modules:

CHEM2111Structure and Synthesis of Materials10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM2200Science and Society: The Critical Interface10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM2600Chemistry: Idea to Market10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

Students may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules (up to a total of 120 credits).

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


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM3126Strategy, Methods and Reaction Technology for Organic Synthesis10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM3136Energy, Molecules and Chemical Change10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM3146Medicinal Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM3216Advanced Organometallics and Catalysis10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM3226Process chemistry and reactive intermediates in synthesis10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM3455Advanced Lab Work for MChem (Medicinal)30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

Optional modules:

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

(Please ensure you take no more than 70 credits, in total, in any one semester; including modules taken over both semester 1 and 2).

CHEM3185Atmospheric Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM3211Properties and Applications of Materials10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM3212Big Data, Big Science10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM3281Topics in Fundamental and Theoretical Chemistry (10cr)10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM3282Topics in Fundamental and Theoretical Chemistry (20cr)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM3283Topics in Fundamental Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM3291Topics in Interdisciplinary and Applied Chemistry (10cr)10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CHEM3292Topics in Interdisciplinary and Applied Chemistry (20cr)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

CHEM3281 and CHEM3282 are mutually exclusive.

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

CHEM3621Ethical Issues in Chemistry10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM3666Chemistry into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
NATS3200Machine Learning Approaches to Scientific Data Analysis10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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 (CHEM3424) instead of CHEM3455 and choose an additional 10 credits of options.

Discovery modules:


Year4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM5460MLaboratory-based Project Work 6M60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CHEM5601MAdvanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 60 Credit60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students will be required to pass CHEM5460M.

Discovery modules:

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