The MChem in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is an integrated four-year undergraduate Masters course providing a strong grounding in skills and knowledge relating to the role of the chemist in drug discovery. As well as a firm grounding in general chemistry, research methods and relevant laboratory techniques, you will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in drug testing, drug efficacy, computer-based drug design and the quality control of pharmaceuticals. You will benefit from newly refurbished state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and from learning in a research-active environment.
The MChem route includes professional studies and you will spend a year focusing on a major independent project in pharmaceutical chemistry.
The choice between MChem and BSc may be left until the end of Year 2, if you initially apply for the BSc (Hons) degree. Progress to the MChem programme is subject to your performance at the end of Year 2.
UK, EU and Channel Island students
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Optional Estimate: £690
Optional Estimate: £60
Optional Estimate: £50
Features and benefits of the course
- Enhanced education in chemistry gives you the opportunity to undertake research for a higher degree or to pursue a career in industry as a professional chemist.
- Provides an in-depth training in pharmaceutical and analytical chemistry.
- 94% of Chemistry graduates go straight into employment and/or further study according to the DHLE survey 2014 for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
- 90% of students are satisfied with the School of Science and the Environment (From 261 (70%) students who responded to the 2015 National Student Survey).
- We recently invested half a million pounds in upgrading our synthetic chemistry and materials laboratories, including the installation of an X-ray diffractometer which analyses the crystal structure of materials at the atomic level.
- Our laboratories are state-of-the-art and will give you first hand experience of a wide variety of manual and instrumental lab skills and techniques.
- You will benefit from learning in a research active environment.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
This course has recently undergone changes to units of study and is therefore pending re-accreditation prior to the start of the programme.
About the course
Typical units of study include:
Typical units of study may include
In Year 1 you will gain a firm grounding in the most important principles of chemistry including essentials of modern industrial chemistry, fundamental chemistry concepts and introduction to chemical analysis and a foreign language.
Chemical Equilibrium and Mathematical Methods
This unit covers key physical chemistry concepts underpinning the behaviour of acids, bases and electrochemistry, alongside the mathematics and transferable skills that underpin these concepts.
Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
You will be introduced to atoms, molecules, bonding, structure and periodicity. Identification of functional groups, isomerism and stereochemistry, reaction intermediates, basic reactions and mechanisms, IR and 13C-NMR spectroscopy.
Introduction to Chemical Analysis
The unit will provide an introduction to key concepts required for the study of analytical chemistry. You will explore two main themes: analytical approaches in chemistry, and an introduction to spectroscopy and statistics.
Introduction to Drug Discovery
This unit will provide an introduction to drug discovery and key concepts required for further study of medicinal chemistry.
Introduction to Thermodynamics and Kinetics
You will be introduced to the fundamental physicochemical principles of thermodynamics and kinetics along with underpinning mathematical and transferable skills.
Laboratory Techniques 1
This unit provides an introduction to basic laboratory techniques and associated practical and analytical skills for interpreting data in inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and computational chemistry.
Year 2 will focus on biological processes and pharmaceutical chemistry, inorganic and organic synthesis and physical and inorganic chemistry .
Chemistry of the Carbonyl Group
This unit covers the use of carbonyl groups as enabling functionality and will be illustrated by discussion of a range of chemical transformations of these functional groups.
Formulation, Fate and Biometabolism
This unit covers the principles of drugs and medicine formulation, the interaction of biomolecules/drugs within biological systems, pharmacokinetics and toxicology in the context medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.
Laboratory Techniques 2
This unit provides an introduction to some laboratory techniques and associated practical and analytical skills for interpreting data in inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and computational chemistry.
Pharmaceutical Analysis and Quality Control
This unit provides an integrated approach to the principles of analytical/bioanalytical techniques in the quantitative/qualitative analysis of drugs and related substances/samples (including biologicals).
Solid State, d-block and f-block Chemistry
This unit covers transition metal complexes, molecular symmetry, crystallography, solid-state chemistry and f-block chemistry.
Structure and Spectroscopy
This unit covers fundamental spectroscopic principles and structural elucidation using NMR, mass spectrometry and infra-red techniques and determination of molecular physical parameters from vibrational and rotational spectroscopies.
Thermodynamics and Kinetics
You will explore concepts required for study of physical chemistry including the study of interfaces, kinetics and thermodynamics.
In this year you carry out an academic research project alongside taught units in advanced pharmaceutical chemistry.
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
In this unit, you will explore the role played by metal ions in key life processes and advanced concepts in coordination/organometallic chemistry.
Advanced Laboratory Techniques
In this unit, a selection of laboratory experiments/mini-projects covering the disciplines of inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry appropriate to the course title will be undertaken.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
You will consider a suite of advanced organic chemistry transformations and strategies in targeted synthesis.
Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry
This unit will cover advanced concepts in medicinal chemistry, including synthesis and optimization of clinical drugs and drug discovery pathways.
Advanced Physical Chemistry
This unit will provide an introduction to advanced concepts in kinetics, surface science and quantum chemistry for measuring and predicting the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions.
Drug Target Interactions
This unit will follow a pharmacological case study based approach of the investigation of drug targets, drug target binding, drug design and drug development.
Project and Personal Development
In this unit, you will plan, develop and implement an individual research project. You will critically analyse published literature and own data. You will also develop research and employability skills.
Your final year is an integrated undergraduate 'Masters' year, focussing on a major research project in your chosen specialist area, plus teaching in professional studies and frontiers in pharmaceutical chemistry.
Advanced Project and Personal Development
In this unit, you will plan and implement a research project independently. Your project will include critical analysis of published literature, assessment of significance of outcomes and production of a dissertation reporting outcomes that are potentially publishable. This will help to develop your research and employability skills.
Frontiers in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
This unit will cover current areas at the cutting edge of medicinal chemistry including computational medicinal chemistry, pro-drug therapies and inorganic therapeutics. The course is supported by a discussion of case studies currently at the forefront of the field such as chemical genetics, high throughput screening and combinatorial-based drug discovery.
Research Frontiers in Chemistry and Materials
This unit comprises a selection of topics, which reflect emerging technologies at the frontiers of research in chemistry and materials science. Three topics will be chosen from a selection of any two running at any one time. Topics will encompass the broad areas of Advanced Materials, Healthcare Sciences and Environmental Sciences.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Methods of Assessment
You will be assessed by examinations and a range of continuous assessment including laboratory reports, poster presentations, oral presentations and online assessments.
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
- Year 135% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
- Year 235% lectures, seminars or similar; 65% independent study
- Year 350% lectures, seminars or similar; 50% independent study
- Year 420% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
- Year 140% coursework; 60% examination
- Year 240% coursework; 60% examination
- Year 345% coursework; 55% examination
- Year 465% coursework; 35% examination
Additional Information About this Course
Students are expected to comply with the Schools codes of conduct and behaviour, in accommodation, placements and exchanges (and field courses - Forensic Biology). Students are also expected to follow Health and Safety guidelines and COSHH when working
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/our-staff/
Typical entry requirements
These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.
112-120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC-BBB) to include A2 A-level Grade C in Chemistry (and a Pass in Chemistry A level Practical)/Applied Science. General studies not accepted.
BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (graded DMM) with Merit in all mandatory units and the following optional units:
13 Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
14 Applications of Organic Chemistry
19 Practical Chemical Analysis
BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science (graded D*D*) with Merit in all mandatory units and two of the following optional units:
13 Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
14 Applications of Organic Chemistry
19 Practical Chemical Analysis
BTEC National Extended Diploma/ BTEC National Diploma accepted in combination with relevant Science A Level at grade C or above (see above) to achieve 112 – 120 UCAS Tariff points.
Pre 2016 BTECs:
BTEC Applied Science - 60 Relevant L3 Credits at Merit
GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English also accepted.
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science) with a minimum 112 UCAS tariff points.
26 Diploma Pts (Chemistry HL grade 5)
Your career prospects after the course
Graduates may be employed in the chemical, pharmaceutical, materials, food and drink, utility, healthcare, aerospace, automotive, information technology and telecommunications industries.
Your degree course will also equip you with a wide variety of transferable skills that can be applied to non-subject specific career pathways such as local government, teaching, law, journalism, business and finance.
Career opportunities for chemists are excellent and graduates can expect to obtain competitive salaries.
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
How do I apply for this course?
Applications through UCAS
Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40
Confirmation of Regulator
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.
Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.
The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrolment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrols with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarise themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.
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The course requires you to have achieved GCSE English, Maths and Science at Grade C or above. You must be aged 19 or over at the start of the course. All applicants who meet the entry criteria for the course will be required to attend a workshop where they will have an initial interview with a member of the Access team.The pathway will run subject to minimum numbers being reached.
This course is designed to prepare mature students for University level study. If you want to progress into Higher Education study in any area of Engineering, including Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Automotive, Aeronautical, Civil or Product Design, this course will give you a good introduction to the subject.
Since the Access Engineering course began in 2011-12, 100% of the students who completed the programme secured university places. Testimonials from past students can be found on the course's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AccessToHEDiplomaStockportCollege.
Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Maths
Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma from Open Awards.
Most university admissions tutors will accept the Access to HE Diploma as an entry qualification for Higher Education, but there may be some degrees for which this certificate alone may not be acceptable. The suitability of the course for your ultimate career aim will be discussed at interview.
Progression from this pathway can be on to degree programmes such as Automotive Engineering, Motorsport Technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Design Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Architecture and more.
Please note that whilst your subject tutors and Personal Tutor will make every effort to support your application for a university place, progression onto a specific higher education course cannot be guaranteed. It can be a highly competitive process, and your tutors, together with the college Careers Advisers, will try to give you realistic advice as to your chances of progression. Alternative routes into the career of your choice can be discussed.
One of our recent students who progressed onto Higher Education study said:
"My tutors have both been great, very committed to the teaching process and passionate about their subjects, I have been in work since leaving education 10 years ago and it has made it a much more enjoyable and productive experience having the people teaching you really care about what they are teaching you and for the most part, want to be there.
The tutelage and support I have received both inside and outside of my college hours have been absolutely excellent and the college's resources are really very good too. I feel that attending this Access course at Stockport College has improved my academic prospects significantly and I have had a thoroughly productive and enjoyable experience."
The course runs for an academic year and you will be attending three days per week. You will be attending for 13 hours per week (12 hours of lessons and 1 hour of tutorial). You will also need to allow at least 6 hours for private study and assignment completion.
Assessments include essays, practical reports, case studies, open or closed-book examinations and verbal, visual or IT-based presentations. All modules will include an element of time-constrained assessment which will contribute towards the final module grade.
One of the tutors on this course is a published author and also teaches across our HE Engineering programmes.
The programme takes place at our Town Centre campus.
The fees for 2017 are yet to be confirmed. The fees for the course in 2016 were £4071.00 (including a registration fee of
Fees are due at enrolment. Once you have enrolled you are liable for the full year's fee, regardless of whether the full
year is completed or not.
You are able to take out an Advanced Learner Loan for the tuition fees (the registration fee cannot be included; this must be paid yourself). This loan will be wiped out once you have completed a Higher Education programme.
QA systems are embedded throughout the College and the College is regulated by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The College is also routinely inspected by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills).