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Course summary

Overview A pharmaceutical course designed with you in mind Combining chemistry with biochemistry, this course will give you a grounding in pharmaceutical chemistry and the skills needed to work in the field. During the course you’ll cover all aspects of pharmaceutical drug development, such as target identification, synthesis, clinical testing and trials, alongside building your knowledge of the main branches of chemistry. Our pharmaceutical chemistry course is designed to the standards of the Royal Society of Chemistry. During the course you’ll be taught by an academic team with links to the industry that include GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Johnson Matthey. Building your chemistry skills in a lab environment Divided into four broad themes, you’ll cover all aspects of chemistry including core chemistry knowledge, practical skills, pharmaceutical knowledge, and numeracy and computational skills. You’ll build your analytical and research skills so you can collect and interpret experimental data. You’ll develop your chemistry skills in a high-tech laboratory. You will have access to a bioscience suite with a scanning electron microscope, microbiological and molecular equipment, as well as a host of other analytical technologies. As part of the course you will also take part in a work placement, gaining valuable industry experience in an organisation or laboratory. Supporting your career goals You'll get the support you need to succeed. From your Personal Tutor to your Graduate Academic Assistant, each one has studied your subject and will provide the support you need based on their own experience. If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, we can help with that too. A BSc in pharmaceutical chemistry prepares you for a range of opportunities in pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies. Previously, graduates have gone on to work with GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly and more.


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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry requirements listed are accurate at the time of publishing and vary between programmes. Please check your chosen course page for specific entry requirements. Depending on your chosen course, we also consider a combination of qualifications. The latest entry requirements can be found on the course page at: We have a personalised admissions approach in which we make fair, but aspirational offers to our applicants. We feel it’s important that you continue to aim high and achieve great results. If you don’t quite make the grades you hoped to, we’ll look at more than your qualifications when making our final decision. We’ll take into consideration any barriers you may have faced in your learning, especially with potential disruption due to the coronavirus, your achievements in other areas and your personal statement. At Middlesex, we’ll always aim to be as flexible as possible. We pride ourselves on how we recognise potential in our applicants, and support them 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 £15100 Year 1
International £15100 Year 1

Additional fee information

At Middlesex, we have a range of funding and loan options available to ensure you are able to attend university, whatever your financial background. Tuition fees vary for UK, EU and International students. More information about fees for the course you are interested in studying can be found at:
Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Middlesex University - UCAS