University of St Andrews

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons)

University of St Andrews
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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location St andrews (Scotland)
  • Bachelor's degree
  • St andrews (Scotland)

The BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry focuses on the important interface of chemistry with biology and medicine, and provides training in both chemistry and biomolecular sciences.

During your degree, you will be provided with a broad base of chemical knowledge and understanding reinforced by extensive practical experience and familiarity with modern laboratory, instrumental and computational techniques. You will obtain the necessary skills and experience for a career in chemistry, whether in industry, education or research.
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry Integrated Masters course, which allows you to graduate with a Master in Chemistry.

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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· What are the objectives of this course?

The BSc (Hons) in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry is a four-year course run by the School of Chemistry. During the course, you will develop awareness and appreciation of the latest advances in Medicinal Chemistry in addition to the fundamentals of the subject. You will be provided with a broad base of chemical knowledge and understanding reinforced by extensive practical experience. In addition, you will get a high level of general intellectual and scientific training, which allows many graduates to enter challenging careers in areas not directly related to chemistry. In the first two years, you will take modules in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. The skills you gain in research and analysis during these years will prepare you to undertake more advanced and specialist modules during your final two years. These specialist subjects include (but are not limited to): physical organic chemistry homogeneous catalysis biosynthesis of natural products molecular recognition.

· Who is it intended for?

Chemistry graduates have never been more in demand, and they are keenly sought by major companies; there are also exciting opportunities in a new generation of innovative grassroots companies. St Andrews Chemistry graduates are highly employable and have gone on to find success in a wide variety of careers in industry and business including: professional chemists in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries teachers forensic scientists various careers in the food industry (including brewing) management consultancy marketing and advertising patent lawyers journalism and the media finance (accountants and investment bankers).

· Requirements

SQA Highers AAAB, including A in Chemistry and an additional Higher in one of the following: Biology or Human Biology Computing Science or equivalent Geography Mathematics Physics Psychology. GCE A-Levels AAB, including A in Chemistry. IB points 35, including HL6 in Chemistry.

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5.0 29/01/2018
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What you'll learn on the course

Physical Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
Colour Chemistry
Pericyclic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Course programme


In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours) you will take the required modules in Chemistry alongside modules in at least one other subject.

Typically, you will take one or two Chemistry modules per semester during your first two years, and four to six per semester during your third and fourth year .

1st Year

Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:

  • Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry: covers the origin of the elements, atoms and the Periodic Table, shapes and properties of molecules, chemistry of the elements, properties of solutions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics.
  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 1: covers bonding in simple molecules, inorganic solids, chemistry of the first row transition metals, properties of solids, states of matter and introductory spectroscopy.
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry 1: covers the structure, stereochemistry and nomenclature of simple organic compounds, fundamental organic reaction mechanisms, organic functional groups and their reactions, introductory bioorganic chemistry, and organic spectroscopy.
2nd Year

Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:

  • Inorganic Chemistry 2: covers metal complexes and organometallics, descriptive transition-metal chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, solid-state chemistry and descriptive main-group chemistry.
  • Organic Chemistry 2: covers carbon-carbon bond formation, interconversion of functional groups, aromatic and heteroaromatic reactivity, mechanistic biological chemistry and organic spectroscopy.
  • Physical Chemistry 2: covers quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and electrochemistry, kinetics, molecular spectroscopy and diffraction, and mathematical tools for chemistry.

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 which have been offered in previous years include:

  • Heterocyclic and Pericyclic Chemistry
  • Fragrance, Food and Colour Chemistry
  • Blockbuster Pharmaceuticals
  • 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, and communication skills. The project is selected and supervised by a member of academic staff.

The sub-honours modules listed here are the compulsory modules that students must take in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours-level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above.

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Overseas Fee £22,350

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