To register for any of our masters-level science modules you must normally hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science or a science-related subject. An undergraduate degree in the areas of chemistry, physics, biology and medicine would be preferred. As this module deals with medicinal chemistry, knowledge of chemistry, and especially organic chemistry, would be particularly helpful. If you have other study or experience that you believe equips you to study at postgraduate level you can still apply, but must supply evidence of that study or experience. Your case will be referred to our MSc in Science Admissions Panel. For further advice, email the postgraduate science team.
Depending on your qualifications or particular area of expertise, then some background reading may be necessary prior to the start, or during the early part of the course. Please contact the postgraduate science team for advice.
We strongly recommend that you check whether or not your background and experience are sufficient to give you a sound basis on which to tackle this module, since we have found that students who are appropriately prepared have the best chance of completing their studies successfully. Our booklet Preparing for S827 provides more detailed guidance; this can be viewed or printed as a PDF.
You will need good computing skills (e.g. able to search the Web, use email, use word processing packages, use spreadsheet packages to perform calculations and produce graphs and use presentation software to produces slides). You should also be able to carry out mathematical manipulations (e.g. algebraic rearrangement of equations, use exponentials and logs).
All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for the level of study you wish to take. We strongly recommend that you have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.