Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Entry Year: 2020

6 study options

Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
F154
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

Chemical Sciences with Foundation BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
FFX2
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades CCC at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. A second science subject at A-Level from either Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees

Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Year in Industry/Research BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
2L22
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£20,850*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
F15Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£20,850*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry MSci (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MSci (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
F152
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£20,850*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Year Abroad MSci (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MSci (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
F12Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£20,850*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

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Overview

Pharmaceutical chemistry plays a huge role in drug design and discovery, from treating diabetes to curing cancer.

With a strong emphasis on gaining practical laboratory experience and employability skills, our programme offers a comprehensive view of this exciting field.

Learn how drugs are designed and optimised from lead compounds, their modes of action and pharmacology, and how they are developed through trials and into manufacture.

Teaching centres on synthetic organic chemistry, but we’ll also give you a strong grounding in physical and inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy. You’ll learn about pharmacology, biochemistry and cancer chemotherapy too.  In your final year, you’ll conduct your own supervised research project, either laboratory- or literature-based.

Choose your own pathway through this degree — add a year in industry or studying abroad, or carry out an additional year of advanced study to graduate with an MSci.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, giving graduates Associate Member status. 

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Structure

You can complete your Pharmaceutical Chemistry degree in three, four or five years. If you are a BSc student and choose to do a year in industry or study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4. If you are an MSci student and choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 4, and the Year 4 modules will be studied in Year 5.

Year 1

  • Essential Skills for Chemists
  • Foundations of Practical Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
  • Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Spectroscopy
  • States of Matter and Analytical Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Applied Spectroscopy
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry I
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry II
  • Physical and Quantum Chemistry
  • Practical Chemistry
  • Solid State and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry I
  • Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry II

Choose one from

  • Engaging the Public in Science
  • Introduction to Scientific Programming

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Advanced Practical Chemistry I
  • Organic Synthesis

Choose from 

  • Chemistry Investigative Project
  • Chemistry Research Project

Choose three from

  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Topics in Biological Chemistry
  • Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Topics in Physical Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

MSci students only

Compulsory

  • Chemistry MSci Research Project
  • Drug Development and Design
  • Professional Skills for Chemists

Choose from

  • Advanced Biological Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year in industry

Want to pick up some solid work experience while practising your skills in a real-world laboratory? Apply for our Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc with a Year in Industry/Research. Some of our students have been awarded highly prestigious work placements with UK and international pharmaceutical companies. During your second year you will identify and apply for a placement opportunity, with one on one support provided by your adviser. If successful, you'll spend your third year working in the pharmaceutical industry or carrying out an extended research project.

Please note that placements are highly competitive and awarded based on your application, academic track record and performance at interview. Should you not succeed in securing a placement, you'll transfer onto our BSc programme and complete your third year at Queen Mary.

MSci

Apply for our Pharmaceutical Chemistry MSci to spend an extra year undertaking an extended research project and studying advanced modules. Consider this option if you’re interested in a career in academic or industrial research.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc or MSci with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

You can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.

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I really enjoy working in the lab, I like being in a very practical environment. We get 100 hours of practical work a year, which is quite considerable. The facilities, the useful equipment and the independence you get here when working on your own in the labs is great.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles – lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work. A typical weekly workload would be eight lectures and nine to 12 hours of practical laboratories or workshops.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 18 to 20 hours per week preparing, writing up and reading.

Assessment

Each module is assessed through theory examinations (typically accounting for 75 to 80 per cent of the final mark) and coursework.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • new lecture theatres
  • modern IT facilities
  • well-equipped laboratories.

Entry requirements

Pharmaceutical Chemistry - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Chemistry at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Chemical Sciences with Foundation - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades CCC at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology or Chemistry. A second science subject at A-Level from either Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 26 points overall, including 4,4,4 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level. A second science subject at Higher Level of Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths, Physics or Psychology is also required.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction, 15 credits at Merit and 15 credits at Pass or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Year in Industry/Research - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Chemistry at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Chemistry at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a science discipline e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry - MSci (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Chemistry at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEAccess qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Year Abroad - MSci (Hons)

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Chemistry.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 35 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Chemistry at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEAccess qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

As well as being well equipped for a career in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries – which are among the UK’s largest – graduates are highly valued by business and finance employers for their data-handling and analytical skills. 

92 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).

Recent Pharmaceutical Chemistry graduates have been hired by:

  • Boots UK
  • EY
  • ETH Zürich
  • GlaxoSmithKline.

Career support

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has a careers consultant, who can offer specialist advice and organise subject-specific events. We also have a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and dynamic school with strong links to industry. We offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.

You’ll experience inspirational teaching from high-calibre staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. You’ll stay up to date with weekly departmental seminars on new research findings.

Thanks to our close teaching and research links, students have special opportunities for original investigative work with the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo, Forest Enterprise and University of London’s Marine Biological Station at Millport in Scotland.

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