Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry BSc Hons
The BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry focuses on the important interface of chemistry with biology and medicine. You will learn about the critical role of chemistry in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries and to solving problems such as antibacterial resistance and an aging population. You will receive a broad base of chemical knowledge as well as focusing on biological and medicinal chemistry, reinforced by extensive practical experience and familiarity with modern laboratory, instrumental and computational techniques.
During your degree, you will receive comprehensive academic and practical training to equip you for a wide spectrum of careers, whether in science-based industries or other fields such as teaching, management or finance.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem which allows you to graduate with a Master in Chemistry.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
- Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 1
- Organic and Biological Chemistry 1
Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Inorganic Chemistry 2
- Organic Chemistry 2
- Physical Chemistry 2
If you decide to take medicinal chemistry in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options, including modules ranging from physical inorganic chemistry to mechanisms in organic chemistry.
Examples of medicinal chemistry Honours modules that have been offered in previous years include:
- Blockbuster Pharmaceuticals
- Fragrance, Food and Colour Chemistry
- Heterocyclic and Pericyclic Chemistry
- Quantitative Aspects of Medicinal Chemistry.
In fourth year, students will conduct a research project which is designed to develop your skills in experimental design and problem-solving, the evaluation and interpretation of data, independent working, and both oral and written communication. The project is chosen in consultation with and supervised by a member of academic staff.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in a laboratory
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
St Andrews chemistry graduates have an employment rate of over 95% and are in demand by large multinational and grassroots companies alike. Chemistry degrees provide a range of highly desirable skills, that are highly prized by employers across numerous sectors, including:
- data handling
- oral and written communication.
About this institute
University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...
Why study at University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is situated in a truly beautiful location. Part of a seaside town it is a picturesque and inspirational location to pursue your studies, where you will have the thinking space needed to be your very best. As a smaller university our size is one of our greatest strengths with class sizes allowing for a close and individual learning experience and giving great access and support from your teachers.
Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.
Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.
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