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Integrated Master's Degree in Chemistry with Medicinal Sciences

University of Southampton
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

Integrated Master's Degree in Chemistry with Medicinal Sciences

With this course, you’ll learn how chemistry and the biological sciences combine to help us understand every aspect of the treatment of disease. This allows scientists to create new treatments and therapies.

This MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Sciences degree specialises in pharmacology and medicinal chemistry. You’ll study topics such as natural product chemistry, physiology and biochemistry.

Key features of the course are an individual research project based in Southampton and a 6-month placement either in industry, or in another academic institution. These projects prepare you for medicinal chemistry careers in areas such as pharmaceutical chemistry, biological chemistry and life sciences.

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and when you graduate you will be eligible for full membership status (MRSC).

Admission requirements


AAA including chemistry with a pass in the chemistry Practical or AAB including chemistry and one additional science subject with a pass in all science Practical components

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in chemistry


  • Pass, with 34 points overall with 6,6,5 in three Higher Level subjects including chemistry and an additional science subject.


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus grade A in A-level chemistry with a pass in chemistry Practical and grade A in an additional A-level subject.
  • DD in the BTEC Diploma plus grade A in A-level Chemistry with a pass in chemistry Practical
  • We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma without additional A-levels.
  • Applicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma should apply for the Science Foundation Year

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 6/B). Grade 7/A in GCSE mathematics is preferred for applicants not studying A-level mathematics

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Fundamentals of kinetics and quantum mechanics
  • Fundamentals of organic chemistry
  • Fundamentals of thermodynamics and equilibrium
  • Introduction to Practical Chemistry I
  • Introduction to Practical Chemistry II
  • Main group and transition metal chemistry
  • Mathematical Methods in Chemistry I
  • Mathematical Skills for Chemists
  • Reactions in organic chemistry
  • Structure and bonding

Year 2

  • Coordination chemistry
  • General Practical Chemistry I
  • General Practical Chemistry II
  • Quantum mechanics and molecular spectroscopy
  • Reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry
  • Retrosynthesis and aromatics
  • Solid state and organometallic chemistry
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Physiology

Year 3

  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Bioorganic)
  • Chemistry Research Project
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacology

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Atoms, Molecules and Spins: Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Cancer Chromosome Biology
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Selective Toxicity
  • Sustainable Chemistry
  • Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry

Year 4

  • Chemistry Placement

You must also choose from the following modules in year 4:

  • Advanced Chemical Biology
  • Advanced Spectroscopy and Applications
  • Biofilms and Microbial Communities
  • Biomedical Parasitology
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Molecular Recognition
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Stereoselective Reactions
  • Supramolecular Chemistry of Functional Molecules and Materials
  • The Molecular and Structural Basis of Disease
  • X-Ray Crystallographic Techniques, Advanced Main Group Chemistry and Applications

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year.
  • EU and international students: £22,760 per year.


  • Final award: Master of Chemistry (MChem)
  • Name of Award:
    • Chemistry
    • Chemistry (Digital methods and Computational modelling)
    • Chemistry with External Placement
    • Chemistry with Mathematics
    • Chemistry with Medicinal Sciences
    • Chemistry with Year Long Industry Experience
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
    •  Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 7

Continuing studies

Many of our graduates move on to a PhD qualification, and most stay with Southampton University to do so.

Career opportunities

You'll be ready to enter medicinal chemistry jobs in areas such as:

  • analytical chemistry
  • programming and computational chemistry
  • nanotechnology and other chemical industries
  • biomedical sciences

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