UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

Medicinal chemistry is concerned with the discovery, design and synthesis of new drugs for clinical use. This MSc includes courses in biochemistry, biology, physiology and pharmacology, along with the fundamentals of chemistry necessary to design and synthesize drugs. These provide an understanding of the link between chemical structure and clinical effectiveness. This four'year programme offers an additional year on top of the Medicinal Chemistry BSc, in which students may undertake an advanced research project in fields such as drug design, chemical biology or organic chemistry.

Course Modules

Course modules concentrate on organic chemistry with backing in physical and inorganic chemistry; courses in cellular biology, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology are integrated with the chemistry, leaving some room for optional modules in the final year. MSci includes training in methods of research and a research project under the supervision of 1 of the members of academic staff; modules provide training in organic and physical chemistry, and relevant areas of inorganic chemistry, together with integrated major components of life sciences, principally biochemistry, pharmacology and physiology.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £21,320  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Advanced Higher AAB-AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AABBB-AAAAA
  • GCE A-level AAB-AAA
  • European Baccalaureate 77%-85%
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • International Baccalaureate
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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82% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 75%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 74%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 92%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

75% Go on to work and/or study

In work 30
Studying 45
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 20
Unknown 0

34% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 61%

Total Coursework: 26%

Total Practical: 13%

£5,337 - £7,371
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,915 - £6,624
Typical cost of private accommodation