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Medicinal Chemistry, MChem, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Medicinal Chemistry is one of our focused degree options that allows you to tailor your chemistry degree and study a particular area of the subject in more detail.

This BSc Medicinal Chemistry, MChem course offered at the University of Leeds provides the opportunity to choose to spend the 3rd year, of the 4-year programme, working in industry, which gives you the opportunity to gain work experience in an industry relevant to your degree. Our students often describe this industrial experience as an invaluable part of their degree and one which stands them in good stead for their future careers.

If you are unsure whether to take a placement year don't worry you don't need to make your final decision until the end of the 2nd year when you have had chance to experience studying chemistry at university.
Our Integrated Masters programmes are specifically designed for students considering a career as a professional chemist or who may want to continue on to do a PhD.One of the key features of these programmes is the individual practical research project, which forms a major part of your final year of study. It is your opportunity to carry out a brand new project, supervised by a leading academic, in an area of chemistry of your choice. The quality of the project work is so high, that a number of our final year research projects are published in peer reviewed journals every year. Many of our students find this the most exciting and rewarding part of their degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1
Compulsory modules:
  • Introduction to Modern Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
  • Mathematical and Physical Concepts for Chemists
  • Practical Skills in Chemistry
Discovery modules:
Candidates will be required to study 30 credits of discovery modules:
  • Candidates who are considering a transfer to a BSc or Integrated Masters (International) option in Europe at the end of Year 2 are encouraged to make use of language modules as Discovery modules.
  • The award of Certificate in Higher Education requires obtaining 100 credits in Year 1 (or above), with a minimum of 80 credits in the compulsory modules (including CHEM1000, CHEM1291 and CHEM1410).
Year 2
Compulsory modules:
  • Introduction to Organic Synthesis
  • Structure and Spectroscopy
  • Introduction to Drug Design
  • Organic Structure and Mechanism
  • Organometallic and f-block Chemistry
  • Equilibrium and Analysis: from Ions to Proteins
  • Foundations of Physical Chemistry
  • Laboratory Work 2c
Optional modules:
  • Structure and Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Science and Society: The Critical Interface
  • Chemistry: Idea to Market
  • Advances in Colour and Polymer Sciences
Year 3
Compulsory modules:
  • Chemistry at the Molecular Level
  • Advanced Organometallics and Catalysis
  • The Medicinal Chemistry of Drug Development
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Reactivity in Organic Chemistry - Principles and ApplicationsSemester 2
  • Laboratory Work 35 (Medicinal)
Optional modules:
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Chromatography and Analytical Separation
  • Soft Matter: Self-Assembling and Polymeric Materials
  • Solid State and Materials Chemistry
  • Fundamental Supramolecular Chemistry
From the 40 credits of optional modules students may select one of the following 10 credit options:
  • Chemistry: Making an Impact
  • Ethical Issues in Chemistry
Year 4

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will normally be required to study the following compulsory modules:
  • Laboratory-based Project Work 6M
  • Advanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

For applicants taking A-levels, our typical offer is AAB including Chemistry, excluding General Studies and Critical thinking. You must also have GCSE English at grade C and GCSE Maths at grade B or above (or equivalent).

We accept a variety of alternative qualifications; including the International Baccalaureate and our admissions staff are familiar with a wide range of UK and international qualifications. If you have any questions about your qualifications or eligibility to apply we will be happy to help.

If your first language is not English, you will also need to provide us with evidence of an English language qualification, such as:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any one component, or
  • IBT TOEFL: 87 overall with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing
  • GCSE English (Grade C or above)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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