Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons) or MChem – 2020 entry
Why choose this course
Our professionally-accredited BSc and MChem Medicinal Chemistry courses, which include modules delivered by our School of Biosciences and Medicine, will teach you the fundamentals of medicinal chemistry and encourage you to make your own discoveries.
You’ll benefit from our research-active academics and strong professional links, gaining the confidence to translate your ideas into practice.
Our Department offers one of the best staff-to-student ratios in the country, ensuring you’ll have an excellent academic experience with the knowledge and skills you need to enter the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries. Our chemistry courses are ranked 8th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
What you will study
Our Medicinal Chemistry courses will train you in core and medicinal chemistry, covering topics such as physiology, pharmacology and cell biology.
You’ll also benefit from Surrey’s excellent links with leading pharmaceutical companies, where you can choose to complete a Professional Training placement.
You can apply to study for either a BSc or an MChem (Master of Chemistry). The MChem builds on the BSc course with a masters year, and is a direct route to a masters qualification. If you study for an MChem, you’ll spend a year doing industry-based research before returning for a final year of masters-level modules.
Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BSc or MChem during your studies.
Professional Training placements
A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.
The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Medicinal Chemistry placements
Our courses provide you with the opportunity to take a placement year with an industrial leader in the UK or overseas.
Completing a placement helps you gain management and leadership skills, allowing you to become confident in problem solving and communication. This industry experience will give you a real advantage in whatever career you choose to pursue – whether in science, industry, government or education.
In the increasingly competitive world of graduate employment, research shows that companies are more likely to consider applicants who have had previous professional experience. Many companies hosting Professional Training placements offer our students employment upon graduation.
Companies that participate in our scheme include:
- British Geological Survey
- Intrinsiq Materials.
The Professional Training year is optional for BSc degrees.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
BSc (Hons) - Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).
MChem - Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for fully meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Over the last decade, our employment figures have been among the best in the UK, with our graduates securing impressive salaries. We place 70-80 per cent of our graduates into graduate-level jobs, compared with the national average of 66 per cent.
While many of you will enter the chemical industry, as positions often follow naturally from successful Professional Training placements, others will continue to study, opting to take an MSc, PhD or even enter teacher training.
Our graduates are very successful, not only in the industrial sector but also in finance, government and education.
Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
- Scientist, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
- Research Technician, Battelle
- Research Technician, Biointeractions
- Analytical Chemist, Dextra Laboratories
- Polymer Technologist, Plascoat Systems
- Chemistry Teacher, Tormead School.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
You may wish to spend your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked in the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia and in many European countries, typically working in a research laboratory at a partner institution.
If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if taking an unpaid research placement at a European higher education institution.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to gain valuable work experience but also to improve on, or learn another language.
The laboratories in which you’ll carry out practical work have recently been refurbished with modern equipment. Our commitment to the development of your practical skills means that you spend a great deal of time using these facilities.
For your final year research project, you’ll work within our research laboratories alongside active researchers.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4
Choose 1 from the 3 listed optional modules
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Choose 2 from the optional modules CHE3044, CHE3045 and CHE3046' AND Choose 1 from the optional modules CHE3053 and BMS3055
Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 4
Choose 1 from the 3 listed optional modules.
Optional modules for Year 4 - FHEQ Level 7
Choose 2 from the 3 optional modules
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
On our courses, you’ll experience a variety of teaching methods including project-based laboratory work, tutorials, problem-solving classes and assessed coursework, alongside lectures and seminars.
The Transferable and Mathematical Skills modules will develop your oral presentation, graphic presentation, teamwork and leadership skills.
Each week you’ll spend around 24 hours in lectures, practical classes and tutorials. This will provide you with the opportunity to explore topics in small group tutorials and use computer-assisted learning packages to enrich your understanding.
Personal study time is primarily taken up with coursework and practical assignments.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Chemistry.
AMODIO C Dr (Chemistry)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
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BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
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Overseas students: please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) course:
Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - The equipment pack includes a laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment.
Grand total: £20
There are associated costs with this MChem (Hons) course:
- Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - The equipment pack includes a laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment.
Grand total: £20
How to apply
Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.
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Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.