Medicinal Chemistry BSc

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Medicinal Chemistry BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Start Date:

      16 September 2019

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,250 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 11,500

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The University of Sunderland’s BSc degree program in Medicinal Chemistry is a great way into the Medicinal Chemistry industry, as well as many other adjacent specialties. You’ll learn both in the ever changing Sciences Complex and working directly with your chosen industry, as you’ll have the benefit of the university’s and the research staff’s close ties with the medical and pharmaceutical industries. You’ll also have the option of a full year of working placement between years 2 and 3 of the program.

    Medicinal Chemistry includes aspects of general chemistry, protein biochemistry, chemical synthesis and pharmacology. As you study, you’ll learn how to analyse molecular structures and even to design new modules to suit specific purposes. You’ll explore how these new substances interact with human cells and systems, and how to target specific aspects of cell function with them. You’ll learn how useful molecules are synthesized or extracted form nature and how they are used to create new therapies.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 3 years at full time. However, you can opt for a ‘sandwich’ year in industrial placement between years 2 and 3, making it a 4 year program in total.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
    • Introduction to Cell Biology and Biochemistry
    • Introduction to Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry
    • Introduction to Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology
    • Research and Practical Skills in Biopharmaceutical Science (double module)

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Biotechnology
    • Further Analytical Science
    • Further Research and Practical Skills in Biopharmaceutical Science (double module)
    • Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry

    Placement Year (optional)

    This is a highly recommended program where you will learn real world skills from working professionals, all whilst earning a tidy pay packet. You can generally select a placement within your chosen specialty.

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Advanced Chemistry and Pharmaceutics
    • Advanced Biotechnology and Biochemistry
    • Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
    • Advanced Pharmacology
    • Research Project (double module)

    Learning & Teaching

    The University of Sunderland relies on a wide range of different learning and teaching methods to deliver its degree programs. You’ll attend large lecture classes as well as smaller, more interactive seminars. You’ll work individually and in groups, you’ll complete laboratory projects and participate in computer based e-learning. Your progress will be continually assessed, based on your projects, tests and end of term exams. Feedback will of course be provided.

    Career Possiblities

    This degree will prepare you for a career in any of several different industries, from pharmaceutical development to biochemical engineering. Nearly 94% of this program’s graduates typically find suitable employment or enter into higher degree programs within 6 months.

    Many graduates have taken rewarding roles in the pharmaceutical industry, working with organisations such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and GSK. The typical staring salary for an analytical chemist in in the region of £28,000 per year.

    Entry Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 year BSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have earned 112 UCAS tariff points, or the international equivalent. The full list of accepted qualifications can be found here.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. An IELTS score of 6.0 overall and with no section scoring less than 5.5 would qualify, for example.

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