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Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc/MSci

Learn about pharmaceutical chemistry and get the skills required to work in the research and development of new drugs.
Code
BSc: F111
MSci: F11B
Start
October 2020
Duration
BSc: 3 years full-time, 4 years with sandwich year, 6 years part-time
MSci: 4 years full-time, 5 years with sandwich year, 8 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,700 (INT) *
Course leader
Erika Loizidou

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

A pharmaceutical course designed with you in mind.

Combining chemistry with biochemistry, this course will give you a grounding in pharmaceutical chemistry and the skills needed to work in the field.

During the course you’ll cover all aspects of pharmaceutical drug development, such as target identification, synthesis, clinical testing and trials, alongside building your knowledge of the main branches of chemistry.

Our pharmaceutical chemistry course is designed to the standards of the Royal Society of Chemistry. During the course you’ll be taught by an academic team with links to the industry that include GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Johnson Matthey.

Building your chemistry skills in a lab environment

Divided into four broad themes, you’ll cover all aspects of chemistry including core chemistry knowledge, practical skills, pharmaceutical knowledge, and numeracy and computational skills. You’ll build your analytical and research skills so you can collect and interpret experimental data.

You’ll develop your chemistry skills in a high-tech laboratory. Access to the laboratory spaces at the Hendon Campus may be restricted in light of the ongoing Covid 19 outbreak, You will have access to a bioscience suite with a scanning electron microscope, microbiological and molecular equipment, as well as a host of other analytical technologies.

As part of the course you will also take part in a work placement, gaining valuable industry experience in an organisation or laboratory. Access to placements may also be impacted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Supporting your career goals

You'll get the support you need to succeed. From your Personal Tutor to your Graduate Academic Assistant, each one has studied your subject and will provide the support you need based on their own experience. If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, we can help with that too.

A BSc in pharmaceutical chemistry prepares you for a range of opportunities in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies. Previously, graduates have gone on to work with GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly and more.


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What will you study on the BSc/MSci Pharmaceutical Chemistry?

Our Pharmaceutical Chemistry programme is divided into four learning themes that are developed through the course of your study:

Core chemistry knowledge
Chemistry subjects are taught throughout the course of the programme with special emphasis given to organic and analytical chemistry. Year 1 begins with foundations of chemistry and analytical chemistry followed by applied physical and inorganic chemistry in year 2 as well as advanced organic chemistry which is further developed in years 3 and 4 (MSci only).

Practical skills
Laboratory work is an integral component in the career of a pharmaceutical chemist and therefore an integral component of your study. Year 1 begins with foundations of practical chemistry, followed by advanced practical chemistry in year 2, specialised organic synthesis techniques and a dissertation project in year 3 and MSci project in year 4. This element will be supported through a range of on campus laboratories where available in light of the ongoing Covid 19 outbreak; virtual laboratories and pre-recorded demonstrations will also be made available so that the programme outcomes and your skills development can be achieved.

Pharmaceutical knowledge
Broad understanding of biological functions in diseases and how drugs work will be developed from year 1 with biochemistry, followed by pharmaceutical chemistry in year 2, pharmacology and toxicology in year 3 as well as a dedicated module on drug discovery.

Numeracy and computational skills
Numeracy is an essential skill in chemistry developed from year 1 through the professional development module followed by research methods and statistics in year 2. These modules also provide you with generic computational skills such as processing data, using spreadsheets, word-processing and internet communication. Specialised computational skills related to chemistry and drug discovery are developed in year 3 through the computational chemistry module and in year 4 through cheminformatics (MSci only).

What will you gain?

Upon completion of this course you will have gained the following experience and abilities:

  • Analytical instrumentation application
  • Synthetic organic chemistry skills
  • Compound purification and characterisation proficiency
  • Computational skills with drug discovery tools
  • Research methods and statistics
  • Collection and interpretation of experimental data
  • Enhanced teamwork and interpersonal capacities
  • Communication skills including advanced literacy and presentation skills
  • Problem solving capability
  • Independent thinking, creativity and innovation

Modules

We’ve made temporary changes to some course modules for students starting in 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, there’s information on these updates below.

BSc Modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundations of Practical Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will introduce you to fundamental laboratory techniques that underpin the study of pharmaceutical chemistry. You will develop skills in practical chemistry and improve your knowledge and understanding of the core areas of chemistry. This module integrates learning from the other first year chemistry modules; Fundamentals of Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry.

    • Fundamentals of Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides you with the skills and knowledge of chemistry that will underpin your future studies in biochemistry. Emphasis is placed on building a knowledge base around key academic concepts in chemistry and biochemistry using examples from health and the environment to reinforce ideas. You will acquire a range of laboratory practical skills and learn how to analyse and interpret experimental results and put these into context with theoretical concepts.

    • Analytical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide you with the theoretical knowledge that underpins fundamental concepts in analytical chemistry as well as the traditional and modern techniques that are used to analyse, separate, and characterise compounds. Emphasis is given to the chemical analysis of pharmaceutical materials and approaches used for green analytical chemistry. Those taking this module will have the opportunity to apply theoretical principles of analytical chemistry to other modules; Foundations of Practical Chemistry and Practical Chemistry.

    • Metabolic Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The main aim of this module is to introduce the key metabolic pathways of energy metabolism. This includes the study of photosynthesis, cellular respiration and bioenergetics and the structure and function of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and their derivatives.

    • Professional Development for Pharmaceutical Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      The analysis and communication of scientific knowledge is an integral component of chemistry and this module aims to provide a number of key skills used widely by chemists such as mathematics for chemists, communication skills and employability skills. The mathematics component of this module will give you the basic mathematical techniques needed to support your studies in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. In addition to providing the necessary tools to solving quantitative problems in chemistry, it also helps you better understand chemical concepts such as, how and why reactions happen. The communication and employability skills component will aim to develop communicational, organisational and interpersonal skills and promote career awareness in the field of the chemical sciences.

  • Year 2

    • Advanced Organic Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module builds upon the principles and concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry developed through previous modules. In this module, you will develop a more complete appreciation of the chemical reactions relevant to biochemistry with emphasis on common reactions in metabolic processes, integrating mechanisms and arrow pushing.

    • Pharmaceutical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides an introduction into pharmaceutical chemistry. It examines the essential biochemistry on which understanding of medicinal chemistry is built and discusses strategies involved in developing an effective drug.

    • Practical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module builds upon the practical skills acquired during the first year studies in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. It aims to provide essential skills in experimental techniques in inorganic and physical chemistry, as well as a variety of modern techniques in instrumental analysis.

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will provide you with the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work with focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills will be explored to meet individual programme requirements.

    • Applied Inorganic Chemistry (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides a comprehensive grounding in inorganic chemistry with reference to metal-based drugs. It builds on concepts learned in Year 1 in the Fundamentals of Chemistry module and further explores topics in basic inorganic and organometallic chemistry from a pharmaceutical or biological perspective.

    • Applied Physical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      < This module provides a wide-ranging knowledge of physical chemistry with a view of providing insight into biochemical phenomena. It builds on concepts learned in Year 1 in the Fundamentals of Chemistry module and explores in more depth thermodynamics, molecular structure and kinetics from a biochemical perspective.

  • Placement year - Optional

    • Work Placement (120 credits) - Optional

      The placement aims to develop your employability skills by achieving the set of agreed learning outcomes in the Three Way Negotiated Learning Agreement and other skills learned in placement. This practical experience module provides the means for you to link academic work with a 'real world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This module facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It is envisaged you will reflect upon areas of knowledge relevant to the placement learning experience and develop personal knowledge through a review of your own learning. The placement learning experience provides the opportunity to enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, self-reliance and co-operation.

      The operation of placement learning is under the control of our external employer partners who may restrict access to placement learning during the ongoing Covid 19 outbreak. The year long placement will not take place in 2020/21.

  • Year 3 (changes for students in 2020)

    • Computational Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the fundamental theory that underpins computational chemistry. It is designed to help students understand what molecular modelling programs do and how to interpret results from such experiments with an eye for providing insight to discovery chemistry. This is a practical module comprising of weekly workshops where you can learn and practice various methods of energy calculations along with workshops devoted to drug discovery tools.

    • Advanced Organic Chemistry II (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an understanding of processes involved in regulation of gene expression and current laboratory methods available for investigation. It also aims to provide an understanding of how gene expression may be modulated according to changes in the cellular environment, how environmental conditions can trigger changes in these processes and how aberrations in gene expression can lead to disease.

    • Drug Development (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide knowledge of all the key processes involved in bringing a drug to the market and the associated challenges. The first part of the module focuses on the science and technology involved in the discovery process, from identifying a medical need to the discovery of a drug candidate. The second part of the module focuses on the steps required to turn the drug candidate into a product on the market. This module is supported by external speakers covering specialist topics such as preclinical and human clinical trials, economics of drug discovery, regulatory controls, and manufacturing processes.

    • Organic Synthesis (15 credits) – Compulsory

      Organic synthesis is a practical module that aims to provide you with advanced skills in a synthetic laboratory. You will apply a range of important organic reactions seen in Years 2 and 3 and thus strengthen your existing knowledge and understanding of organic chemical transformations.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired in previous modules, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme to date. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Pharmacology and Toxicology (15 credits) – Optional

      This module discusses pharmacology, from a cellular and molecular perspective, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of drug action, clinical application, toxicology and pharmacokinetics.

    • Structural Methods in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (15 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to extend the coverage of core inorganic and physical chemistry by expanding on topics.

  • Year 3 (typical structure)

    • Computational Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the fundamental theory that underpins computational chemistry. It is designed to help students understand what molecular modelling programs do and how to interpret results from such experiments with an eye for providing insight to discovery chemistry. This is a practical module comprising of weekly workshops where you can learn and practice various methods of energy calculations along with workshops devoted to drug discovery tools.

    • Advanced Organic Chemistry II (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an understanding of processes involved in regulation of gene expression and current laboratory methods available for investigation. It also aims to provide an understanding of how gene expression may be modulated according to changes in the cellular environment, how environmental conditions can trigger changes in these processes and how aberrations in gene expression can lead to disease.

    • Drug Development (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide knowledge of all the key processes involved in bringing a drug to the market and the associated challenges. The first part of the module focuses on the science and technology involved in the discovery process, from identifying a medical need to the discovery of a drug candidate. The second part of the module focuses on the steps required to turn the drug candidate into a product on the market. This module is supported by external speakers covering specialist topics such as preclinical and human clinical trials, economics of drug discovery, regulatory controls, and manufacturing processes.

    • Organic Synthesis (15 credits) – Compulsory

      Organic synthesis is a practical module that aims to provide you with advanced skills in a synthetic laboratory. You will apply a range of important organic reactions seen in Years 2 and 3 and thus strengthen your existing knowledge and understanding of organic chemical transformations.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired in previous modules, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme to date. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Natural Product Chemistry (15 credits) – Optional

      The primary aim of this module is to evaluate the principles of drug development from natural products (including plant species and microorganisms) and their derivatives. It also aims to evaluate the molecular mechanism of action of diverse groups of natural compounds in relation to their molecular features.

    • Pharmacology and Toxicology (15 credits) – Optional

      This module discusses pharmacology, from a cellular and molecular perspective, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of drug action, clinical application, toxicology and pharmacokinetics.

    • Structural Methods in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (15 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to extend the coverage of core inorganic and physical chemistry by expanding on topics.

MSci Modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundations of Practical Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will introduce you to fundamental laboratory techniques that underpin the study of pharmaceutical chemistry. You will develop skills in practical chemistry and improve your knowledge and understanding of the core areas of chemistry. This module integrates learning from the other first year chemistry modules; Fundamentals of Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry.

    • Fundamentals of Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides you with the skills and knowledge of chemistry that will underpin your future studies in biochemistry. Emphasis is placed on building a knowledge base around key academic concepts in chemistry and biochemistry using examples from health and the environment to reinforce ideas. You will acquire a range of laboratory practical skills and learn how to analyse and interpret experimental results and put these into context with theoretical concepts.

    • Analytical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide you with the theoretical knowledge that underpins fundamental concepts in analytical chemistry as well as the traditional and modern techniques that are used to analyse, separate, and characterise compounds. Emphasis is given to the chemical analysis of pharmaceutical materials and approaches used for green analytical chemistry. Those taking this module will have the opportunity to apply theoretical principles of analytical chemistry to other modules; Foundations of Practical Chemistry and Practical Chemistry.

    • Metabolic Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will introduce you to the key metabolic pathways of energy metabolism. You will acquire the skills and underpinning knowledge to pursue further studies in biochemistry.

    • Professional Development for Pharmaceutical Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory

      The analysis and communication of scientific knowledge is an integral component of chemistry and this module aims to provide a number of key skills used widely by chemists such as mathematics for chemists, communication skills and employability skills. The mathematics component of this module will give you the basic mathematical techniques needed to support your studies in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. In addition to providing the necessary tools to solving quantitative problems in chemistry, it also helps you better understand chemical concepts such as, how and why reactions happen. The communication and employability skills component will aim to develop communicational, organisational and interpersonal skills and promote career awareness in the field of the chemical sciences.

  • Year 2

    • Advanced Organic Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module builds upon the principles and concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry developed through previous modules. In this module, you will develop a more complete appreciation of the chemical reactions relevant to biochemistry with emphasis on common reactions in metabolic processes, integrating mechanisms and arrow pushing.

    • Pharmaceutical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides an introduction into pharmaceutical chemistry. It examines the essential biochemistry on which understanding of medicinal chemistry is built and discusses strategies involved in developing an effective drug.

    • Practical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module builds upon the practical skills acquired during the first year studies in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. It aims to provide essential skills in experimental techniques in inorganic and physical chemistry, as well as a variety of modern techniques in instrumental analysis.

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module will provide you with the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work with focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills will be explored to meet individual programme requirements.

    • Applied Inorganic Chemistry (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides a comprehensive grounding in inorganic chemistry with reference to metal-based drugs. It builds on concepts learned in Year 1 in the Fundamentals of Chemistry module and further explores topics in basic inorganic and organometallic chemistry from a pharmaceutical or biological perspective.

    • Applied Physical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      < This module provides a wide-ranging knowledge of physical chemistry with a view of providing insight into biochemical phenomena. It builds on concepts learned in Year 1 in the Fundamentals of Chemistry module and explores in more depth thermodynamics, molecular structure and kinetics from a biochemical perspective.

  • Placement year - Optional

    • Work Placement (120 credits) - Optional

      The placement aims to develop your employability skills by achieving the set of agreed learning outcomes in the Three Way Negotiated Learning Agreement and other skills learned in placement. This practical experience module provides the means for you to link academic work with a 'real world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This module facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It is envisaged you will reflect upon areas of knowledge relevant to the placement learning experience and develop personal knowledge through a review of your own learning. The placement learning experience provides the opportunity to enhance your skills of self-expression, communication, self-reliance and co-operation.

  • Year 3 (changes for students in 2020)

    • Computational Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the fundamental theory that underpins computational chemistry. It is designed to help students understand what molecular modelling programs do and how to interpret results from such experiments with an eye for providing insight to discovery chemistry. This is a practical module comprising of weekly workshops where you can learn and practice various methods of energy calculations along with workshops devoted to drug discovery tools.

    • Advanced Organic Chemistry II (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an understanding of processes involved in regulation of gene expression and current laboratory methods available for investigation. It also aims to provide an understanding of how gene expression may be modulated according to changes in the cellular environment, how environmental conditions can trigger changes in these processes and how aberrations in gene expression can lead to disease.

    • Drug Development (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide knowledge of all the key processes involved in bringing a drug to the market and the associated challenges. The first part of the module focuses on the science and technology involved in the discovery process, from identifying a medical need to the discovery of a drug candidate. The second part of the module focuses on the steps required to turn the drug candidate into a product on the market. This module is supported by external speakers covering specialist topics such as preclinical and human clinical trials, economics of drug discovery, regulatory controls, and manufacturing processes.

    • Organic Synthesis (15 credits) – Compulsory

      Organic synthesis is a practical module that aims to provide you with advanced skills in a synthetic laboratory. You will apply a range of important organic reactions seen in Years 2 and 3 and thus strengthen your existing knowledge and understanding of organic chemical transformations.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired in previous modules, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme to date. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Pharmacology and Toxicology (15 credits) – Optional

      This module discusses pharmacology, from a cellular and molecular perspective, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of drug action, clinical application, toxicology and pharmacokinetics.

    • Structural Methods in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (15 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to extend the coverage of core inorganic and physical chemistry by expanding on topics.

  • Year 3 (typical structure)

    • Computational Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the fundamental theory that underpins computational chemistry. It is designed to help students understand what molecular modelling programs do and how to interpret results from such experiments with an eye for providing insight to discovery chemistry. This is a practical module comprising of weekly workshops where you can learn and practice various methods of energy calculations along with workshops devoted to drug discovery tools.

    • Advanced Organic Chemistry II (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an understanding of processes involved in regulation of gene expression and current laboratory methods available for investigation. It also aims to provide an understanding of how gene expression may be modulated according to changes in the cellular environment, how environmental conditions can trigger changes in these processes and how aberrations in gene expression can lead to disease.

    • Drug Development (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide knowledge of all the key processes involved in bringing a drug to the market and the associated challenges. The first part of the module focuses on the science and technology involved in the discovery process, from identifying a medical need to the discovery of a drug candidate. The second part of the module focuses on the steps required to turn the drug candidate into a product on the market. This module is supported by external speakers covering specialist topics such as preclinical and human clinical trials, economics of drug discovery, regulatory controls, and manufacturing processes.

    • Organic Synthesis (15 credits) – Compulsory

      Organic synthesis is a practical module that aims to provide you with advanced skills in a synthetic laboratory. You will apply a range of important organic reactions seen in Years 2 and 3 and thus strengthen your existing knowledge and understanding of organic chemical transformations.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired in previous modules, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme to date. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Natural Product Chemistry (15 credits) – Optional

      The primary aim of this module is to evaluate the principles of drug development from natural products (including plant species and microorganisms) and their derivatives. It also aims to evaluate the molecular mechanism of action of diverse groups of natural compounds in relation to their molecular features.

    • Pharmacology and Toxicology (15 credits) – Optional

      This module discusses pharmacology, from a cellular and molecular perspective, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of drug action, clinical application, toxicology and pharmacokinetics.

    • Structural Methods in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (15 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to extend the coverage of core inorganic and physical chemistry by expanding on topics.

  • Year 4

    • Cheminformatics (15 credits) – Compulsory

      Computer-aided drug design has become an important element in the drug discovery and development process and an indispensable tool in the pharmaceutical industry. This module gives you the opportunity to use computational techniques most frequently used by the pharmaceutical industry for the purposes of discovering and optimising biologically active molecules.

    • Advanced Organic Synthesis Techniques (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module builds upon the skills acquired in the Year 3 Organic Synthesis module and aims to provide a framework where you can apply existing and new knowledge of chemical transformations to the design and execution of a multi-step synthesis of an organic molecule. You will be exposed to modern synthetic techniques and advanced chromatography and spectroscopy such as stereoselective separations and 2D NMR.

    • Current Trends in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module gives you the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge of a current topic within the area of pharmaceutical chemistry and to critically report on the topic.

    • Nanotechnology (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an overview of the applications of nanotechnology in drug discovery. Emphasis will be given on the design and characterisation of nanocarriers and their applications in overcoming biological barriers and drug delivery.

    • Advanced Bioanalytical Techniques (15 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to examine advanced bioanalytical techniques that are used in biomedical research, for the analysis of products, for improving diseases understanding and for the analysis of disease biomarkers. It also provides a detailed understanding of the principles, theory and practice of bioanalytical techniques, including safety, instrumentation, sample preparation techniques together with analysis and interpretation of analytical data.

    • MSci Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop skills in the planning and execution of an analytical study and in the critical evaluation of real research results, drawing on knowledge acquired from other modules. In addition, the module aims to develop your communication skills to enable you to communicate your findings in written and oral form.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the BSc/MSci Pharmaceutical Chemistry taught?

This programme will be delivered in a blended learning format using live interactive teaching sessions via a number of learning platforms e.g. Kaltura Newrow, Adobe Connect or Zoom. These sessions will be recorded so that you can return to this learning in your own time and study at your own place.  Learning may be supplemented by pre-recorded lectures, demonstration of laboratory techniques or data analysis activity where students can access the information at any point. Practical sessions will either be virtual or on campus where this is possible in light of the ongoing Covid 19 outbreak.  This wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to build up your skills and knowledge

However, in the event that a second lockdown takes place and access to campus is restricted, then the laboratory sessions may be rescheduled. In the first instance this will be for the summer period (May-June), provided access to campus is allowed. Students will have to attend all laboratory sessions to meet the learning outcomes of the modules and programme outcomes and therefore must be aware that in case of a second lockdown students may need to study/travel to campus outside the normal teaching period.

You will take part in online problem-solving discussions, critical debates and exercises, online workshops, and in-class activities. You will supplement all this with your own guided and independent reading. The mix of delivery modes will be varied and suitable to the content being delivered.

The programme has a strong practical element, with an emphasis on developing the skills needed in a laboratory setting and in gaining hands-on experience of diagnostic techniques.  Access to on campus activity is subject to ongoing and further Covid 19 restrictions and virtual laboratories and pre-recorded lab and practice demonstrations will be used to facilitate your learning  Attendance to laboratory sessions is obligatory in order to meet the learning outcomes of the modules and ensure that students gain the practical skills necessary to succeed in their studies and future careers.

In addition to the guided teaching hours, you will be expected to conduct independent study such as engaging with lectures, preparing for seminars and practical workshops, completing lab reports and revising.

Middlesex is committed to equipping and accommodating learners fully online where they cannot reach campus, and where a second lockdown is in place. In such event, the fully online scenario will be in place to provide and support students’ learning.

Assessment

We’re planning to deliver our assessment in a similar way to previous years. We will review this regularly, and let you know in advance of your assessment if we need to make any changes.

The Pharmaceutical Chemistry degree is assessed in 2020-21 by a combination of examinations and coursework designed to appropriately address all learning outcomes. Examples of assessment methods are as follows:

  • Written examinations (online/take home)
  • Oral presentations (through media platforms)
  • Lab reports (submitted online)
  • Portfolios (submitted online)
  • Research project reports (submitted online, Third-year BSc and MSci students only)
  • Coursework (submitted online)

Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some practically focussed sessions on campus, with the majority of your theoretical teaching and larger lectures delivered online. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

Please note that attending classes on campus and placements are compulsory parts of the course, so if you are unable to attend due personal circumstances, please get in touch with us so we can work with you to resolve your situation.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

Year 1: 10 hours

Year 2: 9 hours

Year 3: 7 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

Year 1: 35 hours

Year 2: 35 hours

Year 3: 36 hours

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

Year 1: 1 hour

Year 2: 1.5 hours

Year 3: 0.7 hours

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

Year 1: 4 days on campus for laboratory practical work

Year 2: 8 days on campus for laboratory practical work

Year 3: 4 days on campus for laboratory practical work

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

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How can the BSc/MSci Pharmaceutical Chemistry support your career?

Pharmaceutical chemistry provides the skills for a wide variety of lab opportunities in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies. Pharmaceutical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Astrazeneca, as well as small biotechnology companies and contract research firms are examples of potential employers. Specific roles within a variety of sectors could include:

Pharmaceutical industry

  • Research and development (drug design, synthesis and biological evaluation)
  • Drug formulation
  • Quality control and assurance (applicable to chemical industry as well)

Academia

  • Pursue a PhD in Pharmaceutical chemistry and related disciplines
  • Pursue industrial PhD in collaboration with a pharmaceutical company

Non-laboratory careers

  • Regulatory affairs e.g developing guidelines and reviewing new drug applications from pharmaceutical companies
  • Intellectual property (patent law)
  • Project management
  • Technology transfer
  • Science publications
  • Research officers
  • Science education
  • Other roles requiring strong analytical/quantitative skills

Dr Erika Loizidou
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Programme Leader of BSc/MSci Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Dr Loizidou supervises a wide range of research projects across both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, exploring questions that relate to drug development. She teaches across all three years of the BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry and all four years of the MSci Pharmaceutical Chemistry programmes.

Her current research interests are in the interface of chemistry and biology focusing on studies of bioactive molecules including, drug design, synthesis, interactions with biomolecules and drug delivery. She has experience in multi-step synthesis and molecular modelling techniques including docking, virtual screening and finite element analyses.

Dr Shaun Mutter
Lecturer in Chemistry

Dr Mutter’s current research interests are modelling how drugs and metals bind and interact with biomolecules. He has particular interests on the binding and effect of natural metals to proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease, transition metal anti-cancer drugs, and simulations relating to distinguishing chiral compounds. He has expertise and experience in many areas of computational chemistry, including quantum chemical simulations, molecular dynamics, and calculation of molecular properties. Dr Mutter teaches across all three years of the BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry and all four years of the MSci Pharmaceutical chemistry programmes

Dr Ajit Shah
Professor of Bioanalytical Sciences

Dr Shah's research interests involve the development of platforms for metabolomics and applications of analytical techniques for measuring molecules in biological matrices. Professor Shah has over 20 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry during which he held various positions in GlaxoSmithKline as a Senior Scientist within Drug Discovery, and received a number of awards including an exceptional science award for his work in the area of Neuroscience.

Dr Huw Jones
Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry

Dr Jones is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, where he is a leader in facilitating remediation/mitigation strategies for arsenic contamination in drinking water, a major public health issue in many countries. Dr Jones has worked in a range of environment and human health issues, specialising in applying his knowledge of chemistry and statistical analysis. Specific areas of interest include the biokinetics of aluminium and plutonium in the human body, analysis of constituents and contaminants of herbal medicines, the effects of heavy metals on nitrogen fixation in agricultural soils and the development of novel field biomonitoring and statistical techniques to assess the ecotoxicology of hydrocarbons in freshwater.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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