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Postgraduate Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry - Learning Outcomes

Educational aims

The overall aim of the qualification is to develop knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, key skills and practical and professional skills in the study of medicinal chemistry, with particular emphasis on molecular aspects and development of drugs.

The qualification will enable you to develop:

  • an understanding of the scientific principles underlying the main topic areas of medicinal chemistry
  • skills essential to postgraduate study in science.

After completing the diploma you should be able to:

  • use electronic means of communication, information searching and retrieval
  • critically assess a broad range of scientific literature in medicinal chemistry
  • prepare a poster and a presentation that critically engage with current theoretical, methodological and/or practical issues in medicinal chemistry.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the qualification, you will have:

  • a systematic understanding and knowledge of the main areas of medicinal chemistry
  • a critical awareness of the role of medicinal chemistry and the future development of the subject
  • knowledge and understanding of techniques applicable to advanced scholarship in the study of medicinal chemistry.

Cognitive skills

On completion of the qualification, you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the study of medicinal chemistry
  • evaluate research methodologies, develop critiques and propose alternative hypotheses, where appropriate
  • deal with complex issues both systematically and proficiently and make sound judgements in the absence of complete data
  • demonstrate originality of thought in the application of knowledge.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of the qualification, you will:

  • be able to critically assess primary and secondary literature in the area of medicinal chemistry
  • have an appreciation of the importance of and methods of quality assurance in medicinal chemistry
  • be aware of the social and ethical issues that arise in medicinal chemistry
  • be able to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

Key skills

On completion of the qualification, you should be able to:

  • undertake self-directed study
  • communicate information and conclusions effectively, to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • use information and communications technology (ICT) to locate information, to analyse and present data and to communicate these effectively
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

The teaching in this qualification is via module texts, electronic media, and online forums. The material provided is mostly resource-based, with an online study guide, and you are therefore encouraged to plan your own learning programme.
Understanding of principles and concepts is assessed through tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs) and end-of-module assessments (EMAs). You will submit TMAs electronically and receive feedback through the eTMA system. You will submit an EMA for each of the modules in the qualification. Feedback on EMA performance is provided at the end of the module. You receive feedback on all assessed work, with particular emphasis being given to the development of skills through the period of each module.  
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