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  • Medicinal Chemistry MSci /

    This four-year programme offers an additional yearon top of the Medicinal Chemistry BSc, in whichstudents may undertake an advanced researchproject in fields such as drug design, chemicalbiology or organic chemistry.

    Key information

    Programme startsSeptember 2019

    LocationLondon, Bloomsbury

    Degree benefits

    // Consistently regarded as one of the best chemistry departments inthe UK, we maintain a position of international excellence in teachingand research in medicinal chemistry.

    // Strong links have been developed with the pharmaceutical sector ofthe industry, and UCL's strength in medicine and life sciences hasled to exciting new areas of research collaboration.

    // Life sciences are taught throughout the programme ensuring youbuild up a broad understanding of biological systems to which thechemistry modules are applied.

    // UCL Chemistry is at the forefront of developments in chemicalbiology, enabling you to undertake highly relevant research projectsboth in UCL Chemistry and in associated UCL departments.

    Degree structure

    In each year of your degree you will take a number of individualmodules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year inwhich they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modulesvaries from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-creditmodule is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European CreditTransfer System (ECTS).

    This programme is offered either as a three-year BSc or as a four-yearMSci. The first two years of study are identical, so you can defer which toopt for until the end of your second year. We advise you to select thefour-year MSci initially as this keeps more options open.

    The Medicinal Chemistry programmes are quite different from the othersoffered by the department as the modules are split equally betweenchemistry and the life sciences. You will take modules in all aspects ofchemistry, but organic chemistry is developed to the greatest extent.

    Specialist modules such as Principles of Drug Design, and Principlesand Methods of Organic Synthesis are compulsory. Compulsorymodules are also taken in a number of life sciences including biology,physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. You will also take aliterature project in year three.

    The focus of your final year will be an extended research project. As aspecialist in medicinal chemistry you will have access tocross-disciplinary projects in fields such as drug design, chemicalbiology and organic chemistry. Advanced taught modules are availablein both chemistry and allied life sciences.


    Core or compulsory module(s)

    // Basic Organic ChemistryBasic Physical ChemistryCellular and Molecular BiologyIntroduction to Chemical PrinciplesMammalian Physiology

    Optional modules

    // All first year modules are compulsory.


    Core or compulsory module(s)

    // Further Topics in BiochemistryFundamentals of Inorganic ChemistryGeneral and Systematic PharmacologyIntroductory Statistical Methods and ComputingOrganic ChemistryPhysical Chemistry for Medicinal Chemistry and Life Sciences

    Optional modules

    // All second year modules are compulsory.

  • Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.


    Core or compulsory module(s)

    // An Introduction to Research Methods for Medicinal ChemistryLiterature ProjectMolecular PharmacologyPathways, Intermediates and Function in Organic ChemistryPrinciples of Drug DesignPrinciples and Methods of Organic Synthesis

    Optional modules

    // Either:Drug Design and Developmentor:Receptor Mechanisms

    // Plus 0.5 credits from a wide range of options. Options typically taken by Chemistrystudents include:

    // BiologyHuman PhysiologyIntroduction to Earth SciencesIntroduction to ManagementLanguagesMathematics (further calculus)Physics of the Universe


    Core or compulsory module(s)

    // Advanced Chemical Research Project

    Optional modules

    // You will select 2.0 credits from a wide range of advanced chemistry options and otherapproved undergraduate options. Chemistry options may include:

    // Frontiers in Experimental Physical ChemistryInorganic Rings, Chains and ClustersIntense Radiation Sources for ChemistryMicrostructural Control in Materials ScienceNew Directions in Materials ChemistryNumerical and Analytical MethodsOrganometallic ChemistryStereochemical Control in Asymmetric Total SynthesisStructural Methods in Modern ChemistrySynthesis and Biosynthesis of Natural ProductsTopics in Quantum Mechanics

    Your learning

    Your learning will combine lectures, practical classes and groupworkshops. In addition you will attend tutorials in groups of four to sixstudents which provide specialised support for the core modules.

    AssessmentModules usually involve at least two methods of assessment; coursework(problem sheets, essays or poster presentations), an examination, or labclasses. Feedback, such as face-to-face marking in laboratories, isalways provided. Your final-year project will be assessed through awritten report, a presentation and an oral examination.

    Your career

    As a UCL Chemistry graduate you will have developed bothdiscipline-based and highly sought after analytical skills, for example inlogical thought and numeracy.

    On completion of your degree you will have the obvious option ofpursuing a career within the chemical industry. This is recognised asone of the most exciting and successful contributors to the UK economy,for example in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and nanotechnologysectors.

    First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of thisprogramme at UCL include:

    // Graduate Development Chemist, Potter & Moore Innovations Ltd

    // Business Analyst, Capita ITPS

    // Full-time student, PhD in Physics at Imperial College London

    Your application

    Application for admission should be made through UCAS (theUniversities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently atschool or college will be provided with advice on the process; however,applicants who have left school or who are based outside the UnitedKingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

    Together with essential academic requirements, we are looking forstrong evidence in your personal statement of your interest in the subjectand your understanding of it. These requirements may be evidenced byexamples of project work, relevant work experience or, perhaps, throughyour knowledge of current events involving chemistry. We also look foryour ability to communicate clearly in English.

    UK-based applicants who demonstrate their potential to meet ouracademic requirements will be invited to visit UCL for a day. The day willinclude talks, the opportunity to meet current students and a tour of thedepartment and UCL. You will also attend a university-level lecture.

  • Entry requirements

    A LEVELSStandard Offer: AAA. Chemistry plus either one, or preferably two fromBiology (preferred), Mathematics or Physics.

    Contextual Offer: AAB. AA in Chemistry plus either one, or preferablytwo from Biology (preferred), Mathematics or Physics.

    GCSEEnglish Language at grade C or 5, plus Mathematics at grade B or 6.For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreignlanguage (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) isrequired. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign languagerequirement following enrolment, further details

    IB DIPLOMAStandard Offer: 38. A score of 18 points in three higher level subjectsincluding 6 in Chemistry and either Biology (preferred), Mathematics orPhysics, with no score lower than 5.

    Contextual Offer: 36. A score of 17 points in three higher level subjectsincluding 6 in Chemistry and either Biology (preferred), Mathematics orPhysics, with no score lower than 5.

    CONTEXTUAL OFFERS ACCESS UCL SCHEMEAs part of our commitment to increasing participation fromunderrepresented groups, students may be eligible for a contextual offeras part of the Access UCL scheme. For more information

    OTHER QUALIFICATIONSUCL considers a wide range of UK and international qualifications forentry into its undergraduate programmes. Full details are given

    UNDERGRADUATE PREPARATORY CERTIFICATES(International foundation courses)UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensiveone-year foundation courses for international students of high academicpotential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degreeprogrammes at UCL and other top UK universities.

    Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school systemwhich does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

    For more information see:


    The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of theprogramme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to aninflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that willbe charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on theprogramme, unless otherwise indicated below.

    // UK & EU: 9,250 (2018/19)

    // Overseas: 25,960 (2018/19)

    Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to beavailable in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by theUK Gover


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