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Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem Hons

University of St Andrews
5 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
06 September 2021

Program description

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem Hons

The MChem (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.

The MChem allows you to study the subject at great depth with a significant emphasis on research, combined in a single five-year programme, graduating with a Masters degree. The course is designed to give you the best possible training for a career in chemistry and is tailored for those intending to enter the professional chemical sector or to carry out postgraduate study.

Students can also take Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry as a standard four-year BSc degree.

Admission requirements

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

International applicants

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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Program content

First Year

Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:

  • Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 1
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry 1

Second Year

Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:

  • Inorganic Chemistry 2
  • Organic Chemistry 2
  • Physical Chemistry 2

Third Year

If you decide to take chemistry with medicinal chemistry in your third year, 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:

  • Carbohydrate and Nucleic Acid Chemistry
  • Mechanism in Organic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Aspects of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Synthetic Methodology.

Fourth Year

During fourth year, you will have the opportunity to work on a placement outside St Andrews for up to 12 months. This is a great chance to gain experience in industry and to add value to your CV at the same time.

Typically, you may join a research and development group within a leading industrial research laboratory and receive a salary for the duration of your placement. It is also possible for the placement to be carried out in an overseas academic institution.

The School has links with many large and small companies and will assist students in CV preparation, interview technique and making placement applications. Some of the companies that students from St Andrews have completed placements with recently include:

  • AstraZeneca (UK)
  • BP (UK)
  • DSM (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • GlaxoSmithKline (UK)
  • Helleday Laboratories (Stockholm, Sweeden)
  • Novartis (Basel, Switzerland)
  • Proctor and Gamble (UK)
  • Roche (Basel, Switzerland)
  • Syngenta (UK).

Alternatively, you have the choice to complete the MChem without doing an external placement, and will take lecture and practical modules during your fourth year Honours program at St Andrews.

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

When not attending lectures, tutorials and labs, 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.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career opportunities

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:

  • problem-solving
  • numeracy
  • data handling
  • teamwork
  • oral and written communication.

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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...

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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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Heather Gildie
All teaching staff are friendly and so understanding when you ask for help! I have really enjoyed this program so far and feel that each module is well tempered ability level so as it is challenging but not too overwhelming.

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