Medicinal and Biological Chemistry with an Assessed Year in Industry MSci

   
   
  

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UCAS code:CF71
Qualification:MSci Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out counting)
Qualification name:Medicinal and Biological Chemistry with an Assessed Year in Industry
UCAS code
UCAS code
CF71
Qualification
Medicinal and Biological Chemistry with an Assessed Year in Industry | MSci Hons
Duration
4 years full-time (year 3 out counting)
A level offer
AAA-AAB

If you make The University of Nottingham your firm choice and do not meet the MSci grades in your offer but meet the BSc grades then you will automatically be offered a place for the BSc FC17 degree.  
Required subjects
chemistry A level grade A; GCSE mathematics grade C
IB score
36-34 (including chemistry grade 6 at Higher Level)

If you make The University of Nottingham your firm choice and do not meet the MSci grades in your offer but meet the BSc grades then you will automatically be offered a place for the BSc FC17 degree
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
180 across all chemistry courses (except FF31 and FFH1)
School/department
 

Overview

This four-year course provides an in-depth study of all of the major branches of chemistry. It has been designed to produce graduates with an excellent practical and theoretical knowledge.
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This 4-year Medicinal and Biological Chemistry MSci programme provides an in-depth study of all of the major branches of chemistry, alongside advanced topics at the forefront of medicinal chemistry including pharmaceutical chemistry, chemical biology, drug delivery and pharmacokinetics, proteomics, protein engineering biophysical methods. It has been designed to produce graduates with an excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of synthetic and analytical chemistry, and who are fully conversant in the underlying biological principles required to work in the multidisciplinary environment found in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and allied industries.

You will be given the opportunity to spend your third year working on a research project in a research laboratory of a major chemical company, located either in the UK or mainland Europe, where you will be a salaried employee. Distance-learning theory modules will develop your core chemistry knowledge and comprehensive academic and pastoral support will be provided.

Increased specialisation is possible in the final year of your course and you will also undertake a major research project attached to one of the research groups at Nottingham. This provides an opportunity for you to experience research methods employed in modern chemistry and will develop not only your practical ability and problem solving skills, but also your appreciation of the published literature and your use of library and computer database resources.

The modules making up the course are given by members of the Schools of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences. These Schools offer high-quality teaching in first-class learning environments.

Year one

In the first year you will follow introductory courses in chemistry, physiology and pharmacology, biochemistry and microbiology, including practical training.

Year two

You will cover topics in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry in more depth, as well as complementary courses in spectroscopy, biological chemistry, physiology and pharmacology including a case study on the development of a recent drug.

Year three

Students progressing into the third year conduct research in the laboratories of a major chemical or pharmaceutical company such as AstraZeneca, , GlaxoSmithKline or Syngenta located either in the UK or mainland Europe. Contact is maintained with the University through participation in distance-learning modules and meetings with University-based tutors. Placement with the industrial host is subject to a successful application and interview at that company.

Year four

In the fourth year MSci students join a research group to work on a major research project. You also study advanced modules in chemical biology, drug delivery, nutrition, biophysical methods and how to become a scientific entrepreneur.

 

Entry requirements

A levels: AAA-AAB, including grade A chemistry A level. Typical offers will vary depending on the A level subjects offered in addition to chemistry.

Applicants taking A level biology, chemistry and/or physics are also required to pass the practical element of assessment (where it is assessed separately).

GCSEs: mathematics grade C (or equivalent)

If you make The University of Nottingham your firm choice and do not meet the MSci grades in your offer but meet the BSc grades then you will automatically be offered a place for the BSc FC17 degree.

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications 

For details please see alternative qualifications page

Flexible admissions policy

We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunity.

 
 

Modules

Typical Year One Modules

Compulsory:

An Introduction to Structure, Periodicity and Coordination Chemistry

This module builds on your previous studies in chemistry and provides a firm foundation in topics including: atomic and molecular structure; the shapes of molecules ; chemical bonding; Lewis structures;  molecular shape and symmetry; Intermolecular interactions and periodic trends in the properties of the elements of the s- and p-blocks;  the chemistry of the transition metal elements and their coordination complexes. You’ll spend around two hours per week studying this module with weekly tutorials. 

 
An Introduction to Spectroscopy, Energy and Bonding in Chemistry

In this module you will learn about the the development of quantum theory and the spectroscopy of the hydrogen atom. You will examine the theories used to describe the bonding in molecules and will develop an understanding of microwave and infra-red spectroscopies. The module also introduces you to some of the key concepts in thermodynamics including enthalpy, entropy and free energy and their application in describing equilibria and electrochemical processes. You will develop an understanding of the key concepts in reaction kinetics. You’ll spend two hours per week studying this module.

 
An Introduction to Organic Molecules and their Reactivity
You’ll examine the fundamental principles of organic chemistry. This will include nomenclature, bonding concepts, orbitals and the shape, stereochemistry and acid-base properties of organic molecules.
Later in the module will focus on reactivity and important reactions and transformations in organic chemistry. You’ll spend two hours per week studying this module. 
 
Foundation Laboratory Work

This module introduces you to the essential laboratory skills that are required in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. You’ll spend around 8 hours per week in laboratory practicals performing experiments, and collecting and analysing data. You’ll present written reports of your experimental work that will form part of the assessment for this module.

 
Chemistry Study Skills
You’ll follow this introductory module right at the start of your course. It is designed to develop your study skills so that you can work effectively at University. The module will also introduce you to first year undergraduate laboratory chemistry. You’ll spend around four hours in your first week in practical sessions studying this module.

 
Introductory Human Physiology and Pharmacology

You’ll be introduced to the physiology and pharmacology of the central nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary systems in man, including aspects of drug action. Activities will consist of lectures and associated background reading.

 
Cell Structure and Metabolism

This module introduces you to the following topics: structure and function of cells; cell organelles; protein and enzyme structure and function; the processes of energy transduction from macromolecules; biosynthesis of cell components; and the role of cell membranes in barrier and transport processes.

 


Optional:

Chemical Calculations 1
You’ll gain a firm understanding of the use of mathematical equations in a chemical context through the study of topics including: scientific notation and significant figures; common chemical units and conversions between them; rearrangement of chemical expressions and their graphical representation. You’ll spend three hours per week in lectures and workshops for this module. Please note, if you do not possess a grade A-C in A level mathematics (or equivalent) then this module is compulsory. 
 
Chemical Calculations 2

This module extends the material covered in Chemical Calculations 1. You’ll study topics including trigonometry, differentiation and integration, and differential equations for chemical problems. You’ll spend three hours per week in lectures and workshops studying these topics. Please note, if you do not possess a grade A-C in A level mathematics (or equivalent) then this module is compulsory. 

 
Mathematics for Chemistry 1

You’ll be introduced to topics such as: functions of single variables; differential calculus of a single variable; integral calculus of a single variable; and basic probability and statistics. You’ll spend three hours per week in workshops and lectures for this module. 

 
Mathematics for Chemistry 2

You’ll build upon your knowledge from Mathematics for Chemistry 1 and spend around three hours per week lectures and workshops. Topics you’ll study include: complex numbers; differential calculus; and the algebra of matrices and their applications in chemistry. 

 
 
Typical Year Two Modules

Compulsory:

 

Core Laboratory Work

This module builds on the practical, analytical and communication skills developed in the first year and introduces experiments across the range of chemistry, based on your second year theory modules. You’ll spend around 10 hours per week in practicals for this module. 

 
Equilibria, Rates and Interfaces

You’ll build upon the principles of thermodynamics and kinetics developed in your first year, applying this to gaseous and liquid bulk phases, liquid to gas and solid to gas interfaces, and electrochemical cells. You’ll spend around two hours per week in lectures and workshops studying this module. 

 
General Inorganic Chemistry

You’ll spend two hours per week in lectures studying topics including the synthesis, bonding and reactivity of organometallic compounds, the use of symmetry and group theory to interpret infra-red spectra and NMR spectroscopy in inorganic chemistry. Further support is provided by tutorials every third week.

 
Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

You’ll study topics including: particles and waves; vibrating molecules; orbitals; electron spin and spin-orbit coupling; Einstein coefficients; and centrifugal distortion. You’ll spend around two hours per week in lectures and one hour in workshops that run every three weeks for this module. 

 
Synthesis & Spectroscopy

In this module you’ll discuss the reactivity of, suggest synthetic routes for and interpret the spectroscopic characterisation of organic compounds including some natural products. Topics studied include modern spectroscopic techniques, carbon-carbon bond forming reactions, and the influence of heteroatoms on reactivity. You’ll attend two hours of lectures each week in this module and tutorials every third week.

 
Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Microbiology

This module introduces students to the chemistry of the fundamental building blocks of life; the structures of, and replication processes in prokaryotes; and how these can be disrupted by anti-infectives and harnessed in protein engineering. Fundamental concepts in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery are presented including the mode of action of a number of anti-cancer agents and the basic requirements for drug delivery, metabolism and targeting. You’ll spend two hours each week in lectures for this module.

 
Basic Molecular Pharmacology

You’ll study the mechanisms involved in drug action, gaining an understanding of drug action and receptors. Areas of study will include: cell mediators; drug distribution and delivery; toxicology; and genetic factors. You’ll study this module through lectures, seminars and workshops.  

 
Pharmacology Dissertation: Drugs and Diseases

You’ll be given the opportunity to study a disease or class of disease and rational approaches to treatments with drugs. You’ll present a 4,000 word dissertation through 50 hours of research and consideration of the relevant literature.

 
 

Typical Year Three Modules

Year in Industry Research Project

In this module you’ll undertake a full-time chemistry research project in industry during the industrial placement year.  You’ll review the relevant published work and plan and execute a research topic under the guidance of two supervisors. Your main supervisor will be your industrial contact and your second supervisor will be an academic from The University of Nottingham. You’ll present your results in an oral presentation and a written report.

 
Organic Chemistry Distance Learning

You'll learn about a range of modern reagents and synthetic methodology, and how these are applied to the synthesis of organic target molecules, such as natural products and active pharmaceuticals. You'll learn about organolithium reagents and how modern palladium-mediated cross-coupling reactions can be used to synthesise complex organic molecules. You’ll follow this module throughout the year through independent study and will be assessed by three written assignments.

 
Inorganic Chemistry Distance Learning

You’ll study the roles of inorganic elements and molecules in biology, the inorganic aspects of the N and O cycles. You’ll learn about the electronic structure, co-ordination chemistry, and redox properties of d-transition metal ions in biological systems and the roles of metalloproteins in dioxygen transport, electron transfer, photosynthesis and dinitrogen fixation. You’ll follow this module throughout the year through independent study and will be assessed by three written assignments.

 
Physical Chemistry Distance Learning

You’ll study the relationships between structure and properties of solids, and develop electronic structure theories that account for a wide range of properties of solids. You’ll learn about semi-conductors, photoconductivity, LEDs and solar cells. You’ll also study the modern theoretical methods that are used to calculate the properties of molecules and materials.  You’ll follow this module throughout the year through independent study and will be assessed by three written assignments.

 
 

Typical Year Four Modules

Compulsory:

Chemistry Research Project
You will be welcomed into one of the research groups within the School of Chemistry to undertake an in-depth research project. All projects will involve a review of relevant published work and the planning and execution of a research topic under the guidance of two supervisors.
 
Contemporary Organic Synthesis and the Construction of Bioactive Targets

You’ll focus on the synthesis of a variety of architecturally complex bioactive targets, with particular reference to the goals and achievements of targeted synthesis. There is a particular emphasis on the use of modern synthetic methodology to address problems such as chemoselectivity, regiocontrol, stereoselectivity and atom economy. You’ll spend around two hours per week in lectures and seminars studying this module.

 
Molecular Microbiology and Infections
In this module you'll study the function and molecular biology of information processing in bacteria and the use of these organisms in biotechnology. You'll then go on to discuss the biology and biological chemistry of viral and bacterial diseases that are important for public health, for example : HIV, avian influenza, and antibiotic resistant 'superbugs.' In addition, you'll also analyse anti-viral and anti-bacterial drugs, and their modes of action at the atomic level and how microbial diseases can be transmitted to humans.
 


Optional:

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Building on your knowledge from the previous years' modules in inorganic chemistry, you’ll study topics including: electron transfer pathways; inorganic chemistry in biological systems; the principles of molecular and supramolecular photochemistry; applications of inorganic photochemistry; and photocatalysis. You’ll spend around two hours in lectures and seminars each week for this module. 

 
Contemporary Physical Chemistry

You’ll learn about the properties of matter from condensed matter through to gas phase including the novel states of matter such as ultracold molecules in traps and liquid He nanodroplets, microsolvated clusters, and low dimensional carbon structures. You’ll study the dynamics of chemical processes  and the capability of modern light sources allowing for the study of time-resolved measurements on timescales ranging from pico- to attoseconds. You’ll study this module through two hours of lectures per week.

 
Self-assembly and Bottom-up Approaches to Nanostructure Fabrication

In this module you’ll study the approaches to the fabrication of molecular assemblies on the nanoscale. You’ll gain an understanding of the nature of intermolecular forces, paying particular attention to their application to self-assembly. You’ll spend around two hours per week studying this module. 

 
Chemical Biology and Enzymes

In this module you’ll develop an understanding of the basic principles of protein expression, mutagenesis and purification. Areas you’ll consider include: yeast two and three hybrid technology; microarrays; protein NMR; and protein X-ray crystallography. You’ll spend around two hours per week studying for this module.

 
Enterprise for Chemists

You’ll understand how companies within the chemical sector operate and integrate into the economy and learn about their structure and organisation and how these contribute to form a successful business.

You’ll learn about the factors that lead to successful innovation, including evaluation and management of an idea or concept in chemistry. In addition, you’ll consider the factors required to extract value from a product or concept, and the potential marketing routes available from both an academic and industrial viewpoint.

You’ll develop an understanding of intellectual property, how it is protected and used to create value in the business context. Relevant aspects of intellectual property law will be highlighted, including patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets, with an examination of their relevance and everyday application within the chemistry industries.

 
Protein Folding and Biospectroscopy

You’ll develop an understanding of protein structure and the methods for structural analysis. A range of experimental techniques will be introduced to examine stability and to probe the nature of the active site in a range of proteins. You’ll spend around two hours per week in lectures and workshops studying this module.

 
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Building on your knowledge from the previous years' modules in inorganic chemistry, you’ll study topics including: electron transfer pathways; inorganic chemistry in biological systems; the principles of molecular and supramolecular photochemistry; applications of inorganic photochemistry; and photocatalysis. You’ll spend around two hours in lectures and seminars each week for this module.

 
 

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Careers

You will be well qualified for a career in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and biotechnology industry, or for a postgraduate higher research or vocational degree. Graduates of CF71 will have developed their research skills to an advanced level, made important industry contacts, and will be able to offer employers evidence of extensive work experience.

Professional accrediation

Details of the accreditation of our courses by The Royal Society of Chemistry may be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/chemistry/studywithus

Average starting salary and progression

In 2014, 87% of first-degree graduates in the School of Chemistry who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,757 with the highest being £31,200.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2013/14.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

 
 

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.

 
 
 

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This course includes one or more pieces of formative assessment.

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