To study for the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry you must normally hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science, or a science-related subject relevant to this qualification. 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 qualification, since we have found that students who are appropriately prepared have the best chance of completing their studies successfully. Our booklet Preparing for S807 and S827 provides more detailed guidance; this can be viewed or printed as a PDF. If you have other study or experience that you believe equips you to take this qualification you can still apply, but must supply evidence of that study or experience. For further advice, email the Science Postgraduate Team.
You will also need good computing skills and a level of proficiency in the English language that is adequate for study at postgraduate level. The following should give you some indication of the basic IT and language skills we expect students to have before enrolling on our postgraduate qualifications in science. Please refer to individual module descriptions to ensure that you are adequately prepared before starting to study for this qualification.
Proficiency in the use of English: All of our taught modules are in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7. You can assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies by visiting the IELTS website.
How long it takes
This qualification is normally studied over four years:
- Year 1: S8251 Oct–Apr (followed by a study break until the following February)
- Year 2: S807 Feb–Oct
- Year 3: S827 Oct–Jun (followed by a study break until November)
- Year 4: project module Nov–Oct
It’s possible to study it over a shorter period by overlapping modules. Overlapping modules will create a demanding workload and is only for those with a strong, closely related academic background.
1If you don't study S825 in October 2018, from October 2019 you may study Evaluating contemporary science (S350) instead.