In a nutshell
This course will provide you with a strong foundation in the field of chemistry, allowing you to progress onto a BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry degree course.
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, analytical detection of volatiles, mass spectrometry, computational studies, toxicology and much more.
- Gain a broad, basic knowledge of chemical principles to prepare you for more advanced study
- Look at the design, development and monitoring of drugs which are essential in tackling new and existing diseases
- Cover both core areas of chemistry (organic, physical, inorganic and analytical) and key areas of biochemistry and biology relevant to the discipline
This is for you if...
You want an excellent route into science for those from a non-scientific background
You are returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
You didn't meet the entry requirements for BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry
All about the course
The foundation year will provide you with a strong foundation in the field of chemistry, allowing you to progress onto a BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree 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 laboratory 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.
You'll start to understand the significance of the structure of atoms, their classification in the periodic table, chemical reactions and bonding to form organic and inorganic molecules and the importance of pH.
Take a hands-on approach to develop biological and chemical laboratory skills, practise environmental and fieldwork techniques, and apply scientific knowledge in the interpretation of results of experiments and surveys.
Develop skills for application of statistical and mathematical methods and practise using Information Technology for effective presentation and communication of data and ideas.
Develop life-long learning skills including techniques for self-assessment and reflection, written and verbal communication skills for meetings, debates and presentations.
Choose two optional modules from
Explore the characteristics of plant and animal cells which are the building blocks of all life forms; their interactions with micro and macro environments, and learn about the diversity of animal and plant life in a range of ecosystems.
Explore the interactions of earth processes, geological structures and environmental functions, the use of resources e.g. fossil fuels including fracking and consider the differential impacts of a range of geological hazards – earthquakes, volcanic activity and rising sea levels.
Understand key ecological concepts, explore biogeography, appraise conservation techniques and consider priorities and issues in management of habitats and wildlife.
Science for Health
Evaluate a range of environmental and scientific factors that interact to influence health – e.g. pollution, nutrition, drug development and consider examples of environmental interventions and clinical trials.
Chemical Structure Determination
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.
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.
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.
The aim of this module is to introduce principles of biochemistry. You will study biochemical pathways and organelles, relevant to cell biology.
Pharmaceutical and Biochemical Research Skills
The aim of this module is to help you understand how to conduct scientific research from basic principles, including: critical searching, citation and evaluation of research-based literature; data interpretation, analysis and presentation; report writing and communication.
Organic Chemistry 2
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.
Molecular Structure Determination
You will be able to demonstrate the principles and applications of EI and CI mass spectrometry, 1-H and 13-C NMR spectroscopy, IR and UV/Vis spectroscopy. You will demonstrate how spectroscopic and mass spectrometric techniques may be used to characterise and identify molecular structure.
In this module you will learn principles of drug fate, absorption, metabolism and behaviour in different organs.
Physical and Analytical Chemistry
You will demonstrate a broad knowledge of quantum mechanics and its application to atomic and molecular systems, be able to evaluate the significance of physical chemistry in modern day spectroscopy and reaction kinetics and explain the theory of electrochemistry and its relationship to thermodynamics
Genomics and Proteomics
This module provides an appreciation of topics in molecular biology with an emphasis on genomics, proteomics and their underlying structural aspects.
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 BSc Hons
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
This module will provide a contemporary overview of some important disease processes and associated drug intervention mechanisms.
Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
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 enhance your understanding of pharmaceutical analysis and other aspects of drug development including pre-clinical and clinical trials.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
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
- Group activities
- Laboratory activities
Assessment throughout the course is by a combination of different forms of coursework and examination.
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
From cyber security to biomedicine to architecture, our expanding suite of multidisciplinary courses shapes the next generation of scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Through advanced research, we’re pioneering robotics and AI, smart environments and the appliance of data. With a team of over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative staff, you’ll experience a supportive, professional environment where you can realise your potential.
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, our students 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 and 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. We have links with the cancer research charity Kidscan and with OCCA (Oil and Colour Chemists Association), as well as many more companies.
What you need to know
This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.
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, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
English language and mathenatics at grade C/grade 4 or above
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
64 UCAS points
64 UCAS points
BTEC National Diploma
Access to HE
64 UCAS points
64 UCAS points from Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 UCAS points from Higher Level
Completion of two full years study and an awarded qualification
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||2020/21||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
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 8M50
Start this course in September. Call 0300 555 5030 to apply through Clearing.
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