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Medicinal Chemistry (Taught)

Cardiff University
1-3 Years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
26 September 2022

Program description

Medicinal Chemistry (Taught)

The search for new drugs to combat serious illnesses is an important and exciting challenge at the forefront of medical research. As a medicinal chemist, you can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of millions of people worldwide.

On the course, you will explore the wider context of drug discovery, business and healthcare, as well as developing the knowledge and laboratory skills needed to design drugs. You will also investigate the relationship between medicinal chemists and drug discovery companies with stakeholders such as patients, investors and governments.

There are opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience within a medicinal chemistry team during your research project.

The field of medicinal chemistry is becoming increasingly important as we continue to push the boundaries in the discovery of new drugs and applications in healthcare. This MSc in Medicinal Chemistry will allow you to specialise in this area and explore the wider context of drug discovery, business and healthcare.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, pharmacology and biochemistry, or an equivalent international degree
  • or a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification.

Applicants with a degree in a subject other than chemistry will be required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key chemical topics prior to an offer being made.

English Language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please check the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Colloquium
  • Key Skills for Postgraduate Chemists
  • Drug Discovery Chemistry
  • Techniques in Drug Discovery
  • Drug Targets
  • Drug Development from Laboratory to Clinic
  • Trends in Drug Discovery
  • Practical Medicinal Chemistry
  • Research Project

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

Full-Time tuition fees

  • UK students: £10,200
  • International students: £23,450

Part-Time tuition fees

  • UK students: £5,100
  • International students: £11,725

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

On completing the course you will have developed key skills, which can be applied to a variety of industrial and academic working environments. You will have gained learning skills, information handling and presentation skills. In detail you should be able to:

  • Understand the theory, application, preparation and analysis of drug molecules to a level that is appropriate for graduates in chemistry or pharmaceutical sciences wishing to pursue a career in academia or industry.
  • Apply modern laboratory methods to the preparation, purification, evolution and application of drug molecules.
  • Understand the mechanism of action of a variety of molecules as therapeutic agents and apply this knowledge to unseen problems.
  • Use molecular modelling to implement drug design.
  • Critically evaluate novel drug targeting strategies and industry trends.
  • Describe how new technologies are being employed to increase productivity in drug discovery.
  • Describe and explain trends in drug approvals and drugs currently in the pipeline.
  • Understand where medicinal chemistry fits within the context of the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Work within a team to research solutions to unsolved problems in medicinal chemistry.
  • Present research work to peers in both oral and written format.

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...


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