Chemistry and Drug Discovery MChem

Chemistry

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAA-AAB
UCAS code:
F151
Start date:
September 2018

Study in one of the UK’s top-ranked chemistry departments and learn from leading experts in Chemistry and Drug Discovery.

At Sussex, our academics collaborate with industries and universities to design the drugs of the future. Your modules feature the latest advances taught by research experts in synthetic chemistry and drug discovery.

During your integrated Masters, you develop advanced research skills in a live drug discovery project.

The practical sessions help me apply the theoretical knowledge gained during lectures. It’s really rewarding to have exposure to techniques relevant in industry.”Mihaela Ficu
Chemistry and Drug Discovery MChem

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAA-AAB

Subjects

A-levels must include Chemistry, at least grade B. You will also normally need to pass the separate science practical assessment in Chemistry. If you are not able to take the science practical assessment, applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or in the new grading scale grade 6 in Mathematics and grade 5 in English and two sciences).

Other UK qualifications

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include Chemistry, with a grade of 6.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD

Subjects

You will need an A-level in Chemistry, grade B, in addition to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma.

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GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or in the new grading scale grade 6 in Mathematics and grade 5 in English and two sciences).

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAABB

Additional requirements

Highers must include Chemistry, normally grade A. Ideally, you will also have an Advanced Higher in Chemistry (grade B). You will also need Mathematics and Chemistry at Standard Grade, both grade 1 or 2.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade B and AA in two A-levels.

Subjects

A-levels must include Chemistry.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) English, Mathematics and two Science subjects with grade B in each (or in the new grading scale grade 6 in Mathematics and grade 5 in English and two sciences).

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include Chemistry, with a grade of 6.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of 80%

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential (normally with a final grade of at least 8.0).

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a business related course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 6.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 14/20.

Additional requirements

You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalauréat with a good result (13/20) in Chemistry.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.8 or better.

Additional requirements

You will need a very good final result in Chemistry (at least 12/15).

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1,H1,H2,H2,H3.

Additional requirements

Highers will need to include Chemistry, normally grade H1.

You must also have at least grade O5 in Mathematics and English.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 85/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole - Pass with an overall average of at least 4.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in Chemistry is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • 4th for Chemistry in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Top 5 in the UK for graduate prospects (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • 96% for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016).

Course information

How will I study?

You learn through lectures, practical classes, seminars, student-directed learning and tutorials, supported by digital resources.

You develop core laboratory skills at the beginning of your studies, and apply these during your research projects. You focus on broad chemistry principles to gain a thorough grounding in modern medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.

Assessment is by unseen exams and coursework, which may include laboratory reports, presentations, essays and problem sets. 

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

How will I study?

You cover topics such as:

  • quantum theory
  • spectroscopy
  • organometallic and co-ordination chemistry
  • organic reactions
  • synthetic strategies.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

Study abroad (optional)

Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you.

Placement (optional)

A professional placement is a great way to network and gain practical skills. When you leave Sussex, you’ll benefit from having the experience employers are looking for. 

Recent Life Sciences students have gone on placements at:

  • AkzoNobel
  • GSK
  • Pfizer.

Find out more about placements and internships.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period or optional placement. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How will I study?

You specialise in organic and medicinal chemistry and gain the professional skills to succeed in the biotechnology industry.

Advanced medicinal chemistry modules are delivered by faculty with considerable experience of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and proven track records in drug discovery and development.

You develop professional knowledge of the biotechnology industry and the drug development path, as well as the ability to design our potential new medicines of the future.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options

How will I study?

In this year you work towards your integrated Masters degree. This is chemistry at the cutting edge.

The extended project will take the form of either a placement opportunity within a biotechnology/pharmaceutical company or working as part of a drug discovery project ongoing at the University.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

My research passion is discovering potential new medicines to treat a range of diseases – particularly in neurology, psychiatry and cancer.Professor Simon Ward
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Fees

Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

The UK Government has confirmed that if you’re an EU student applying for entry in September 2018, you'll pay the same fee rate as UK students for the duration of your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. You'll also continue to have access to student loans and grants. Find out more on the UK Government website.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018.

Careers

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates now work as:

  • research and development scientist, Anglo Carbon
  • executive officer, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • chemist, Bio-Productions.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Transferable skills such as time management, communication and analytical skills are embedded in the modules throughout your course. Many of our graduates go on to PhD study and research careers in organic, inorganic, physical or computational chemistry. You can also pursue careers in a range of fields such as:

  • medicinal chemistry
  • drug discovery and chemical industries
  • management consultancy and marketing. 

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Introduction to Materials

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

One of the main justifications for investment in chemistry over the last century has been the development of new materials. The very rapid growth in polymers, glasses, ceramics and alloys has fuelled growth in every area of technology, and materials science has emerged as a separate discipline over the last 50 years.

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to materials in terms of their atomic, molecular and electronic structures and how these influence bulk properties.

About half of the module focuses on solid materials in general. This concentrates on the three principal types of bonding for perfect solids and their effect on mechanical and electrical properties. You discuss the effects of imperfections, with special reference to defects and alloys.

The other half of the module focuses specifically on organic materials, particularly polymers, which are by far the largest volume products of the chemical industry. The usefulness of the science is emphasised by reference to contemporary materials, including nanoscience.

Introduction to Organic Chemistry

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

The aim of the module is to introduce you to organic chemistry and develop the ground-work needed for further study.

This includes the structures of organic molecules, bonding and an introduction to chemical transformations

Maths and Data Analysis for Chemists

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module aims to ensure your mathematical knowledge is good enough that you can apply it, with confidence, to scientific problems in your other modules.

We introduce you to the concepts of accuracy and precision. You gain problem-solving abilities and learn the art of translating a scientific problem into a well-structured mathematical one. You'll be confident with the mathematics, and able to see its relevance in the context of chemistry. You also develop an appreciation for the sources of and propagation of experimental errors.

Structure, Bonding and the Periodic Table

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

In this module, you look at origins of the elements and you are introduced to a series of models used to describe bonding in simple molecules.

You use basic mathematical equations and experimental techniques to develop your understanding of the structure and bonding that occurs at a molecular level and you are introduced to a range of basic spectroscopic techniques and the theory that underpins them.

You then go on to discuss the periodic trends in the physical and chemical properties of elements, and the structures of the extended inorganic solids formed from them.

Functional Group Chemistry

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

The aim of the module is to describe and introduce the chemistry of the carbonyl functional moiety, which is found in an extremely diverse range of molecules that are important in the chemical industry.

In this module, you examine in detail the chemistry of the carbonyl functional group, allowing the chemical behavior of more complex molecules to be understood and predicted.

You also study the synthesis, chemical reactivity and electronic structure of alkenes and aromatic compounds.

Molecular Symmetry

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

In this module, you develop a firm physical foundation for future applications of the more mathematical aspects of chemistry, and explore the important role that visualization and computer simulation play in understanding, interpreting and predicting experimental observation.

As part of the module, you undertake an in-depth exploration of molecular symmetry and its quantitative application to bonding and spectroscopy.

You are also introduced to the role of Molecular Computer Graphics in structural biology and biochemistry.

Reaction Energetics and Kinetics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module provides an overview of understanding the energetic drive of phase transition and chemical reactions.

You gain valuable insight into why the transformation is energetically favorable and what is the equilibrium point of reactions. Quantitative analysis of correlation between elementary reaction and reaction order, as well as the correlation between the activation energy and rate constant will be established. A successful student will also be able to predict the reaction direction and reaction rate.

Reactivity of the Elements

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module, Chemical and Electrochemical Reactivity of the Elements, provides an overview of the chemistry of all of the elements and interprets the observed chemical behaviour at both the microscopic level, in terms of fundamental atomic properties, and the macroscopic level, in terms of thermodynamics and electrochemistry.

For each element, the trends in molecular, solution phase and solid state behaviour is given, together with archetypal reactions.

Atmospheres and Interfaces

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you are introduced to concepts and principles in atmospheric chemistry and surface science.

Many properties of atmospheres are governed by mass transport and chemical cycles that are readily understood by application of fundamental physical and chemical principles.

As well as key physical laws governing atmospheric behaviour, you explore homogeneous reactions that give rise to important atmospheric constituents and the role of aerosols in heterogenous reactions.

In the second part of the module, you focus on a more detailed view of the structures and properties of surfaces. And you develop a fundamental understanding of heterogeneous catalysis and modern nanochemistry.

Bonding and Spectroscopy

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you develop an understanding of the relationship between molecular structure and state energies - how these energies and molecular constants are determined by spectroscopic studies and through quantum mechanical calculations.

This module includes a practical component, which draws on and reinforces the lectures.

In the first part of the module, you focus on the information rich content of spectra and how molecular constants can be obtained from spectra.

In the second part, you are introduced to the postulates of quantum mechanics, and the principles underlying quantum mechanical calculations are laid out.

Co-ordination Chemistry

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module, Co-ordination Chemistry, provides a complete description of the non-organometallic molecular chemistry of the transition metals.

The module includes:

  • structure and bonding of coordination compounds
  • aspects of symmetry
  • inorganic reaction mechanisms
  • applications of NMR to inorganic systems
  • magnetochemistry.

Organic Reaction Mechanisms

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module aims to show the importance of organic reaction mechanisms as a foundation in understanding organic chemistry.

You discuss, the most important types of mechanisms, including relevant name reactions.

In addition, you are introduced to methods to determine organic reaction mechanisms, and the relationship of frontier orbital theory with concerted reaction mechanisms is described.

Applications of Organic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

The aim of this module is to give you an overview of medicinal chemistry and metal ions in biochemistry.

You learn about the basic principles of medicinal chemistry, from the shape of biomolecules and target complexes, to the development of new drugs - exploring two case studies.

You also explore the importance of metal ions in biological systems, the transport of metals and the biosynthesis of metal binding sites - looking at a few metal-containing proteins and enzymes in detail.

Organometallic Chemistry 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module focuses on the chemistry of organometallic compounds of the elements - that is molecular complexes containing metal-carbon bonds and/or metal-hydrogen bonds.

You will look at the principles which govern the synthesis, structure, bonding, and industrially important catalytic chemistry of this class of compounds, and the reaction mechanisms associated with the latter.

Phases, Change and Rates

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

The aim of this module is to describe more advanced applications of equilibrium thermodynamics, describing evens such as phase transitions, thermodynamics of mixing and properties of other forms of matter such as quasi-crystals and liquid crystal phases.

Combined with this is more detailed chemical kinetics in which reactions are explained in terms of simple collision theory. These ideas are then extended to more detailed collision theory models, transition state theory and the temperature dependence of rates of reactions.

Basic statistical mechanics are used to explain the link between populations of states and their thermodynamic properties.

Strategy in Organic Synthesis

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module focuses on strategy in organic synthesis and the disconnection approach.

You are required to take a different approach to your entire knowledge of synthetic chemistry accumulated hitherto. You learn novel reactions, understand the relevance of solvents and reagents, but also to modify your way of thinking about transformations so as to predict shortfalls and be able to come up with more efficient tactics.

The aim of this module is to describe the unifying principles which underline the diverse structures of natural product synthesis and the design of a total synthesis through a disconnective strategy. This includes introductioning you to the concept of retrosynthetic analysis, the synthesis of complex cycles and heterocycles, alkenes and alkynes, the formation of carbon-carbon bonds and carbon-heteroatom bonds, pericyclic reactions, radicalar reactions, aromatic chemistry.

Chemical Principles

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

In the first two years of study, Chemistry is conventionally taught in three streams, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, with relatively few requirements on you to cross the boundaries between the sub-disciplines. This module is a broadly based, capstone module, designed for all chemistry majors, whatever their area of interest. It will demonstrate and explore the connections and synergies between various areas of core material, drawing on topics from all three years of the degree course.

Instrumental Analysis

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module gives an overview of a variety of different analytical techniques used by chemists. You will gain valuable insight into the techniques used in industry as well as the necessary practical skills to be able to perform accurate chemical analyses.

You will also be able to differentiate between the techniques and be able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the various techniques in a range of different circumstances.

 

Introduction to Drug Design

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Building on a solid understanding of chemical principles,you cover the fundamental knowledge required to critically analyse the structure of drug molecules and use the skills developed to design potential new, improved medicines.

The second part of the course is a practical introduction to the basic concepts of computational chemistry, molecular modelling and structure-based drug design.

Introduction to Genes and Biochemistry

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module will provide background knowledge of five basic units of Biochemistry and the relationship between genes and proteins within the cell.

Unit 1 of the module deals with the molecules of life, DNA, RNA, nucleotides and the central dogma of molecular biology.

Unit 2 covers the decoding of the genetic code through the processes of transcription and translation.

Unit 3 deals with proteins, their structure properties and amino acid building blocks.

Unit 4 deals with enzymes and simple enzyme catalysed reactions.

Unit 5 covers metabolism and uses glycolysis and Krebs cycle as examples of typical pathways bioenergentics is briefly introduced.

Chemistry Project (Year 3)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This chemistry project consists of two original five-week investigations, normally in the general area of chemical synthesis and analysis.

You design your own projects in consultation with a relevant member of faculty.

In some exceptional circumstances, you may be able to do a single 10-week investigation, although greater depth will then be expected.

Protein Form and Function

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Protein Form and Function provides a sense of how protein structures are related to each other and of how these structures relate to protein function. On this module you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to learn about and appreciate this class of molecule. This module covers aspects of protein structure in detail and introduces computational and experimental techniques that are essential for studying proteins, and provides the basis for the in depth discussion of more topical issues such as protein engineering and design, protein folding, chaperones and protein folding diseases.

Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This module aims to familiarise students with the important modern methods used in industry and academia for the synthesis of carbon-carbon bonds in organic compounds.

A mechanistic understanding of the underlying chemistry will be described for each method. Each case will be illustrated with examples taken from methods reported in the scientific literature.

By the end of the module you will be in a position to design a synthetic route to novel chemical structures, and this will be assessed by means of four problem sheets and an unseen examination.

Bio-organic Chemistry

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The aim of this module is to describe the unifying biosynthetic principles which underlay the diverse structures of natural products and to show the relevance for the primary structures of proteins to their shape and to the catalytic properties of enzymes.

You are introduced to a basic set of chemical transformations applied in the chemical synthesis of the major classes of biomolecules such as nucleic acids,
peptides and glycans.

Innovation in Bioscience and Medicine

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an overview of how research in the Life Sciences can lead to innovation in society, and the factors that shape, boost or inhibit such innovation.

The module explores the applications of bioscience, particularly in medicine, its products and processes, and their patterns of development. It examines the mechanisms through which products and services are commercialised, such as university-industry links, spin-off firms and corporate alliances.

Wider regulatory and ethical debates and the role they play in the development of biotechnology are also explored.

Advanced Organic Chemistry

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 4

Advanced Organic Chemistry is a module which explores the latest advances in Organic Chemistry. It is based on recent advances in the subject, combining lectures with research talks, directed and independent-reading, and student presentations.

After an introduction to the module the initial lectures will deal with strategy in advanced organic synthesis and the use of new organometallic reagents and
catalysts for the formation of carbon-carbon bonds.

A discussion will follow on the mechanisms involved in key chemical transformations and workshops will provide a discussion forum for the analysis of the key transformations and their application to new areas of asymmetric synthesis.

In the final section, advanced topics in areas of Organic Chemistry, where controversy still exists, will be presented. In parallel with these lectures a series of research talks ensure that students are exposed to topics at the forefront of modern Organic Chemistry.

Drug Discovery Advanced Project

  • 60 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 4

Molecular Pharmacology

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

In this module, you examine the actions of drugs at the molecular level. And you analyse the methods employed to study these interactions.

Such methods include molecular cloning, receptor binding and cell-based functional assays.

The focus of your studies in this module is on receptor binding theory and the effects of drugs on intracellular signalling pathways.

In the module, you study a variety of drug targets in detail, including examples of the G-Protein couple receptor (GPCR), ligand-gated ion channel, neurotransmitter transporter and enzyme facilities.

You use GPCRs to exemplify the effects of drugs on second messenger systems (e.g. cyclic AMP, inositol trisphosphate) and related signalling cascades - and the GABAA receptor is highlighted as a prototypic ligand-gated ion channel.

Principles and Practice: Drug Discovery & Development

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

Consolidating earlier topics around drug discovery, you gain a comprehensive overview of the drug discovery and early development process following the RSC core textbook: 'Principles and Practice in Medicinal Chemistry, A Practitioners Guide.'

You learn all the key steps in the process and the importance of appropriate decision making early in the lifetime of a drug discovery project.

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