Middlesex University

Degree level: Undergraduate

BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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Course summary

Overview To meet the continuous need for new drug development to combat chronic, emerging and rare diseases, the pharmaceutical industry needs highly skilled graduates with strong backgrounds in chemistry coupled with biochemistry. This course will provide you with an excellent grounding in pharmaceutical chemistry and the skills required to work in the research and development of new drugs. Why study BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Middlesex University? This programme is designed to provide you with a firm knowledge of all aspects of pharmaceutical drug development, including target identification, lead optimisation, synthesis, pre-clinical / clinical testing and clinical trials along with an excellent grounding in the main branches of chemistry. This course is primarily aimed at individuals interested in a career in research and development of new medicines, who also possess curiosity, good imagination and persistence. You will gain a high quality education with a wide-ranging view of all aspects of chemistry and you'll be prepared for a career in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries. Work placements, available as part of a sandwich year, are an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in a relevant industry or organisation, a laboratory or the public sector. This course has been designed in accordance with Royal Society of Chemistry standards and the academic team has links with the pharmaceutical industry, that include GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Novartis, generics industry and chemical industry such as Johnson Matthey Course highlights

  • Multi-disciplinary programme covering the main branches of chemistry, along with biochemistry, cheminformatics and specialised topics in pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Work placements with local pharmaceutical companies, or research laboratories in other Universities within the UK and abroad as part of the Erasmus scheme
  • Links with the pharmaceutical industry
  • Receive a free electronic textbook for every module

Course details


Year 1 Foundations of Practical Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory Fundamentals of Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory Analytical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory Metabolic Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory Professional Development for Pharmaceutical Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory Year 2 Advanced Organic Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory Pharmaceutical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory Practical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory Applied Inorganic Chemistry (15 credits) - Compulsory Applied Physical Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory Placement year - Optional Work Placement (120 credits) - Optional Year 3 Computational Chemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory Advanced Organic Chemistry II (15 credits) – Compulsory Drug Development (30 credits) – Compulsory Organic Synthesis (15 credits) – Compulsory Dissertation (30 credits) – Compulsory Natural Product Chemistry (15 credits) – Optional Pharmacology and Toxicology (15 credits) – Optional Structural Methods in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (15 credits) - Optional

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our entry requirements provide a guide to the qualifications that you’ll need to study our courses. We have a personalised admissions approach and we make fair but aspirational offers. We want you to aim high and achieve great results. We understand that things have been very different at school and college since the pandemic started however and that you might be worried about what changes to exams in 2021 will mean for you. We’ll always aim to be as flexible as possible and take into consideration any barriers you may have faced in your learning. So if you don’t quite get the grades you hoped, we’ll look at more than your qualifications like your achievements in other areas and your personal statement. At Middlesex, we're proud of how we recognise potential in future students like you and how we can support you to succeed in the future.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a minimum of 5.5 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)72With at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading
PTE Academic51With at least 51 in all components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £14700 Year 1
International £14700 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK students* Part-time students: £77 per taught credit EU/Int students* Part-time students: £123 per taught credit
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