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Medicinal Chemistry with a Year in Industry MChem, BSc

(Full time) 2018 start

Medicinal Chemistry with a Year in Industry

Without medicinal chemists, life as we know it would be impossible. Modern medicines give us pain relief, cure bacterial infections and fight viruses and cancer. Without the arsenal of drugs at their disposal doctors would be unable to cure many common diseases.

It is the ability of medicinal chemists to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of millions of people worldwide that motivates many of our students on this course. The course structure shares much with our Chemistry course but you will focus your study more on the organic elements of chemistry with an enhanced level of teaching on drug synthesis, pharmacology and how drugs work in biological systems.

Enhancing your degree

This course provides you with the opportunity to spend your 3rd year working in industry, which provides valuable experience and help your personal development.

Our industrial placement scheme gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree and interests. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Since 1841, the RSC has been the leading learned society and professional body for chemical scientists. It is committed to ensuring that an enthusiastic, innovative and thriving scientific community is in place to face future scientific challenges.

Courses which are accredited by the RSC have been subject to rigorous evaluation of their curriculum and resources. They offer employers a measure of confidence in the competence of recruits, provide universities with a means of communicating their value, and assure students on the quality of their education.

Masters accreditation provides access to qualified membership of the RSC and fully satisfies the academic requirements for the RSC’s award of Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Benefits of Accreditation

Accreditation helps you to choose a quality degree programme. It also confers market advantage to graduates from accredited programmes when they are seeking employment and when they go on to seek professional qualifications. It also offers assurances to prospective employers.

During your first year you’ll explore the fundamental principles that underpin chemistry. In your second year, you will explore the essential concepts of drug design and study structure-activity relationships. During your third year, you will be employed full-time by an organisation in the chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, or similar, subject to obtaining a placement.

In your final year, you will undertake a major research project that will give you the chance to work with experienced scientists, supported by millions of pounds of specialist equipment. You'll have the opportunity to identify therapeutic strategies of the future.

The course allows you to study advanced topics such as cancer chemotherapy and is run in close collaboration with scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.

This integrated Masters course allows you to undertake a major research project in your final year.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Modern Chemistry 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry 10 credits
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry 10 credits
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 10 credits
  • Mathematical and Physical Concepts for Chemists 10 credits
  • Practical Skills in Chemistry 30 credits
  • Studying in a Digital Age (Chemistry) 5 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Organic Synthesis 10 credits
  • Structure and Spectroscopy 10 credits
  • Introduction to Drug Design 10 credits
  • Organic Structure and Mechanism 10 credits
  • Organometallic and f-block Chemistry 10 credits
  • Equilibrium and Analysis: from Ions to Proteins 10 credits
  • Foundations of Physical Chemistry 20 credits
  • Laboratory Work 2c 30 credits

Optional modules

You will also study 10 credits from the following option modules.
  • Structure and Synthesis of Materials 10 credits
  • Science and Society: The Critical Interface 10 credits
  • Chemistry: Idea to Market 10 credits
  • Advances in Colour and Polymer Sciences 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Distance Learning for Year in Industry 30 credits
  • Industrial Placement for Integrated Masters Students 90 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Laboratory-based Project Work 6M 60 credits
  • Advanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 60 Credit 60 credits

To find module level details follow this link (Opens new window)

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

As a chemistry student at Leeds we ensure that you benefit from a wide range of teaching methods.

These different methods of teaching, together with the continuous support of our teaching staff, enable you to effectively apply what you have learnt through a series of exams, coursework, and continuous assessment. This means that you graduate with the correct mix of knowledge and transferable skills for a successful future career, whatever you choose to do.

Assessment

The types of assessment used for each module aim to measure the learning outcomes we want you to achieve. Although formal end-of-semester examinations are predominant, often accounting for 80% or more of the formal assessment, many modules include a significant coursework element. You are also continuously assessed through practical work.

Entry requirements

A level: AAB

including chemistry.

Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking

GCSE: English Language grade C and Mathematics grade B

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information, contact our School of Chemistry admissions team.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any one component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

After you apply we will assess your application based on the information on your UCAS form. On the basis of this information we will decide whether to invite you to one of our informal interview days which, for UK based applicants, are an essential part of the admissions process.

Read more about how to apply on our School of Chemistry website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Read about our range of additional scholarships available in the School of Chemistry.

A chemistry degree can take you down many career paths into some of the highest paid and most satisfying roles in employment. Undertaking an industrial placement provides you with valuable experience in a professional environment and an irreplaceable insight into your chosen career path. It can really help you stand out from the crowd to employers.

Our Integrated Masters courses are specifically designed for students considering a career as a professional chemist or who may want to continue on to do a PhD.

One of the key features of this course is the individual practical research project, which forms a major part of your final year of study. It is your opportunity to carry out a brand new project, supervised by a leading academic, in an area of medicinal chemistry of your choice. The quality of the project work is so high that a number of our final year research projects are published in peer-reviewed journals every year. Many of our students find this the most exciting and rewarding part of their degree.

With the depth of chemical knowledge in combination with generic skills that you develop over the duration of this course, you'll be prepared for a career in a range of areas both within the chemical industry and in a range of other sectors, from finance to management and teaching to scientific journalism.

For further information on career paths and employability please see our careers pages.

Careers support

Throughout your degree we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience you’ll need to make the most of your career choices.

Our industrial placement scheme helps you gain valuable work experience that can help you stand out from the crowd. You could also secure a part-time job that you can feature on your CV through the students’ union's Joblink.

We teach problem-solving and high level thinking at all stages of your degree. Our programmes provide you with opportunities to develop the core subject knowledge and skills that you need to progress to a career in a particular area. Additionally, we offer skills development modules and modules that will give you an insight into industrial new product development, from concept to market, in the chemical and allied industries. These modules lead you through the various stages of setting up a new social enterprise, from the inception and development of the idea itself, through preparation of a business plan to creating a funding proposal for potential investors/grant awarding bodies.

All our MChem, BSc courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry which means your degree will be highly valued by employers around the world.

It also means that our degrees meet exacting quality standards and that their content is approved by one of the foremost scientific bodies in the world to ensure you are taught material of the highest standard.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The industrial placement (“Year in Industry”) scheme provides you with the opportunity to experience salaried work before you graduate. Employers actively seek graduates who already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews. In addition, the opportunity to work every day with scientists who are experts in their field is an incredible opportunity to enhance your knowledge of chemistry.

On this course, your industrial placement replaces the third year of your degree (it does not add an additional year to your studies).

An industrial placement will boost your self-confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. You will be able to choose from a range of pharmaceutical, oil, fine chemical, colour, polymer and other chemistry-related industries in which to work. In previous years, students have worked at many prestigious companies, including:

  • AstraZeneca
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Pfizer
  • Roche
  • Unilever

During your industrial placement you will have an industrial supervisor from within the company, plus an academic supervisor who will keep in touch throughout your placement.

If you are not sure right now whether or not an industrial placement is right for you, don't worry - you will not have to start applying for placements until the beginning of your second year.

Key facts

UCAS code:
F154

Duration/Mode:
4 years full time

Typical A level offer:
AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees:
To be confirmed
International fees:
To be confirmed

Work placement option:
Yes

Course Terms and Conditions

Contact us:
School of Chemistry Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 6440
admissions@chem.leeds.ac.uk


Molly Williams

BSc Chemistry

"I love being a student at the University of Leeds and I am very excited for the next few years of my life here."
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