Chemical Structure Determination
School of Environment & Life Sciences
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Medicinal chemistry incorporates the design, development and monitoring of drugs, which are essential in tackling new and existing diseases. This course integrates the range of subjects required to allow you to become a medicinal chemist. Subjects covered include both core areas of chemistry (organic, physical, inorganic and analytical) and key areas of biochemistry and biology relevant to the discipline.
We pride ourselves on our research and have recently invested extensively in our facilities to ensure that you are able to complete research projects that are exciting and inspiring, contributing useful findings to the field. Examples of research areas that you can explore include: nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial research, natural products, biomarkers, analytical detection of volatiles, mass spectrometry, computational studies, skin modelling, environmental assessment, pollution and remediation, toxicology and much more.
- Study a range of subjects required to allow you to become a medicinal chemist
- Gain real-world experience through a placement year
- Complete exciting and inspiring research projects that contribute useful findings to the field
This is for you if...
You have a strong interest in chemistry
You have a desire to operate in a cutting-edge research field
You want to combine the core areas of chemistry with key areas of biochemistry and biology
All about the course
Year one includes core modules in areas of organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry, along with biochemistry and biology. In year two you will develop chemistry-based analytical skills, and modules taken at this level have integrated laboratory components embedded within them in order to give you the practical and theoretical training vital for a career in medicinal chemistry. In your final year emphasis will be placed upon chemical research and highlighting new developments in the field of medicinal chemistry.
This module introduces the subject of molecular characterisation and looks at the principles of spectroscopic analysis using ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy.
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
The aim of this module is to introduce organic chemistry through structure and mechanism. You will study organic reactions of key functional groups such as alkenes, carbonyl and aromatic compounds.
Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Skills
This module is designed to help you facilitate and develop effective use of laboratory apparatus in the performance of basic techniques, and to develop practical laboratory skills relevant to biology and chemistry.
Introduction to Physical Chemistry
The aim of this module is to introduce physical chemistry through energy and chemical bonding. You will study topics such as reaction kinetics, chemical equilibria and atomic and molecular structure.
Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
In this module you will learn the principles of key areas of chemical analysis and inorganic chemistry such as electrochemistry, voltammetry and chromatography.
The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.
Chemical and Biomedical Research Skills
The aim of this module is to help you understand how to conduct scientific research from basic principles and includes: critical searching, citation and evaluation of research-based literature, data interpretation, analysis and presentation, report writing and communication.
Core Organic Chemistry
The aim of this module is to build upon topics covered in the Introduction to Organic Chemistry module. You will study organic reactions in more detail and develop practical skills in organic chemistry. This module will also prepare you for year three projects and taught modules.
Core Physical Chemistry
The aim of this module is to further develop knowledge of physical chemistry focusing upon topics such as quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and thermodynamics.
Bio-inorganic and Chemistry
In this module you will learn the principles and application of inorganic chemistry to human health and to the environment.
Applied Chemical Skills
This module is designed to help you advance your laboratory techniques relevant to chemistry.
This module aims to introduce you to the general principles of pharmacological active ingredients and the effect on the major organs. You will develop an understanding of techniques applicable to their own research in the field of pharmacology.
Research Project and Professional Skills
An opportunity to work with a research group and contribute to original research in a relevant area of medicinal chemistry. The module also focuses upon key professional skills aimed at improving employability.
Science and Industry
This module focuses upon key areas of the scientific industry such as marketing, health and safety and legal issues. External contributions from industry experts will enhance your learning on this module. It is aimed at improving your employability after graduation.
Biochemistry of Drugs and Disease
Through this module you will develop an understanding of the physical and chemical principles underlying biological activity of selected chemotherapeutic agents and other drugs. You will investigate currently active research areas and present a coherent analysis of up-to-date knowledge.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
In this module you will study more advanced topics in organic chemistry such as concepts and rules governing pericyclic reactions and designing stereoselective routes to chiral molecules.
This module will establish your understanding of pharmaceutical analysis and other aspects of drug development including pre-clinical and clinical trials.
What will I be doing?
A variety of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are combined to fit with the intended learning outcomes and level of study, including extended projects, site visits, workshops and seminars, group activities and laboratory activities.
Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination:
- 25% coursework
- 75% examination
Year two and three:
- 60% coursework
- 40% examination
Our School is renowned for the quality of its teaching and research, and is supported by over 80 academic staff at the forefront of their specialisms. Our expanding suite of programmes cover geography and environmental management (GEM), wildlife, biology, chemistry, disease ecology and biomedical sciences and we work closely with our partners to ensure course content develops the skills that employers are looking for.
We have recently been presented with a ‘Bronze Award’ from the Equality Challenge Unit’s (ECU) Athena SWAN Charter for its commitment to gender equality.
We have recently invested in the development of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated teaching laboratory known as the Bodmer Lab. The Bodmer Lab is a specialist, purpose built facility and ensures our students benefit from the latest technologies to support their learning and remain on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.
The University hosts industry standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Having access to industry standard technology means that upon graduation, you are fully prepared and equipped to enter the workplace.
What about after uni?
This course will provide you with chemical and transferable skills which are highly regarded by employers from different sectors including Contact Research Organisations (CROs), small and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The transferable skills learnt will allow you to seek work in areas such as research, development, quality assurance, legal cases, government roles and more.
Employers of graduates in this sector are showing increased requirements for more highly skilled and qualified employees, and there continues to be a demand from the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, which have a strong base in the north west region. Graduates will be well-placed to take advantage of these opportunities through the programmes emphasis on employability in the Science & Industry module, placements and technical training.
We encourage all of our students to take up an additional industrial placement year, which you arrange with our support, between years two and three of the full-time course, making a four year course overall. You will benefit from this year by being able to apply what you have learned in a real-world situation to your academic studies in your final year as well as gaining experience that is highly valued by prospective employers.
What you need to know
We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in chemistry, and a desire to operate in a cutting-edge research field.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
English language and mathematics at grade C or 4 or above
UCAS tariff points
GCE A level
120 points including a biological or appropriate subject discipline and Chemistry at A2 or equivalent. A Pass in the practical element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma
DDM; must include Biology and Chemistry
BTEC Higher National Diploma
Possible entry to year 3
Possible entry to year 3
120 points from Higher Level including appropriate science subjects (Biology and Chemistry)
Irish Leaving Certificate
120 points from Higher Level including a science subject (Biology and Chemistry)
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% including at least one science subject
30-31 points with at least one science subject from Group 4
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,820per year|
All field trips are funded by the school but you may need to consider additional costs such as food and spending money.
International field trips that are part of core modules are also funded by the school but you will need to pay towards international field trips that are part of optional modules (although these are subsidised by the school) and you will be made aware of these costs before selecting the module.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID 8M75