About this course
With this course, you’ll learn how chemistry and the biological sciences combine to help us understand every aspect of the treatment of disease. This allows scientists to create new treatments and therapies.
This MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Sciences degree specialises in pharmacology and medicinal chemistry. You’ll study topics such as natural product chemistry, physiology and biochemistry.
Key features of the course are an individual research project based in Southampton and a 6-month placement either in industry, or in another academic institution. These projects prepare you for medicinal chemistry careers in areas such as pharmaceutical chemistry, biological chemistry and life sciences.
This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and when you graduate you will be eligible for full membership status (MRSC).
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This 4-year degree will give you in-depth knowledge and practical training in all aspects of chemistry, and develop your understanding of its impact on modern society. In addition, 25% of your degree will be made up of medicinal and biomedical science study.
A research project in year 3 lets you take the practical skills developed in the teaching laboratories and develop them in an independent, research-oriented environment, studying an area in-depth.
In your final year, you'll take a 6-month placement to apply your scientific knowledge and skills to real-world problems.
Year 1 overview
You’ll study a set of core topics that are essential to your developing knowledge, giving you a solid grounding in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.
Chemistry of the Elements
Medicinal science modules focus on topics such as Macromolecules of Life and Metabolism. You can also choose options from the wider university including mathematics, physics, biology and languages.
Year 2 overview
You'll study core topics in chemistry such as:
Organic Reaction Mechanisms and Organic Synthesis
Atomic and Molecular Interactions, Change and Equilibrium
Symmetry in Chemistry
Transition of Metal and Organometallic Compounds
Bonding Theories of Solid-State Chemistry
In medicinal sciences you can study topics such as Systems Physiology and Mammalian Physiology. You can also choose options that may include Mathematical Methods in Chemistry, Ethics in Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Aquatic Chemistry and Pharmacology.
Year 3 overview
This year, you'll take advanced modules in the core practical and theoretical areas of chemistry such as:
Pigments and F-block Chemistry
Natural Product Chemistry
Electrochemistry, Energy Storage, Pollution Control and Fuel Cells
DNA and RNA
UV/visible Spectroscopy and Quadrupolar NMR
Kinetics of Interface Chemistry (gas/solid, liquid/solid)
A key element of this year is an individual chemistry research project in a field that interests you. This provides an excellent opportunity to apply your practical skills through over 150 hours of laboratory work. You'll choose from biomedical topics such as:
Year 4 overview
This year you'll do a 6-month industrial experience placement, or a research placement at another university.
You'll also carry out an advanced research project in an area of your choice, supervised by a member of academic staff. You'll work in the laboratory, carry out literature research and write your dissertation.
In semester 2 you can take 3 advanced chemistry taught modules such as:
Exploring Polymer Chemistry and the Properties
The Impact of Plastics on Society and the Environment
Understanding the Behaviour of Atoms and Molecules
Fundamental Concepts in Electrochemistry
You'll also take options from biological sciences such as Biomedical Technology, Cellular Signalling or the Molecular Basis of Disease.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
How you'll spend your course time:
Your scheduled learning, teaching and independent study for year 1:
How we'll assess you
Your assessment breakdown
You’ll be supported by a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
Paul Duckmanton is the course leader.
Your completed project prepares you for a career as a professional chemist because you'll fulfil the requirements of the Royal Society of Chemistry for the CChem qualification.
You'll be ready to enter medicinal chemistry jobs in areas such as:
programming and computational chemistry
nanotechnology and other chemical industries
Many of our graduates move on to a PhD qualification, and most stay with Southampton University to do so.
There are also research and teaching opportunities and options to branch out into other fields such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, law or science journalism.
The degree is supported by our key skills training, which helps you develop the essential attributes needed for career success.
Careers services at Southampton
We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
work experience schemes
CV and interview skills and workshops
careers fairs attended by top employers
a wealth of volunteering opportunities
study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK students pay £9,250.
- EU and international students pay £21,580.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Find out how to:
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
Bursaries, scholarships and other funding
If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.
If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.
Get in touch for advice about student money matters.
Scholarships and grants
You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.
We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Support during your course
The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.
Funding for international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
When you apply use:
- UCAS course code: F1BC
- UCAS institution code: S27
What happens after you apply?
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- predicted grades
- academic achievements
- personal statement
- academic reference
We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
If you're not sure that you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course please contact our enquiries team; we're very happy to help.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000