Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Astrophysics and Medicinal Chemistry

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Course summary

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At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We’re proud to be ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, in addition to having been ranked No.1 in the National Student Survey 2014-2016. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Astrophysics and Medicinal Chemistry. Astrophysics at Keele is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey (No. 1 for Physics/Astronomy in 2016 and 2017, with 100% satisfaction). Combining Astrophysics with Medicinal Chemistry allows you to continue following your interests across a broader, multidisciplinary landscape, whilst still providing the core knowledge and skills leading to a degree that is accredited by the Institute of Physics. Astrophysicists seek to understand the universe, from its smallest constituents to the largest possible scales. The language of the universe is physics and mathematics; Astrophysics students study these, along with computational and statistical techniques, and apply their skills to tackling problems as diverse as stellar interiors, black holes and the evolution of the universe itself. Taking Astrophysics as part of a Combined Honours degree, you will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of physics and the essential ability to plan investigations, analyse results and present your work. Regular laboratory sessions, including access to our on-campus observatory, enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and develop valuable transferable skills such as scientific writing and programming. Studying Medicinal Chemistry at Keele, you’ll develop deep understanding of the complex chemical and biological processes involved in the design and manufacture of drugs and other therapies for treating disease. This course prepares you to help solve problems at the intersection of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and pharmacology. The goal of medicinal chemistry is to support the search for new drugs to treat conditions such as heart disease and cancer. You’ll work in well-equipped laboratories, and learn to conduct effective independent research. As part of a Combined Honours degree, Astrophysics at Keele will prepare you for many different careers. Employers value numerate, versatile graduates who can analyse, investigate and communicate. You could take up roles as a research scientist, medical physicist, or enter the space, telecommunications or nuclear industries. Or instead, you may find employment that is not directly related to physics or astrophysics, such as a science writer, chartered accountant or IT consultant. Many of our graduates go on to study for master’s degrees or perform research at a doctoral level.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBC To include A level Physics or Maths at grade B or above and A level Chemistry at grade B or above. If A level Maths is presented without A level Physics, please contact Admissions.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM You must have taken sufficient Chemistry, Physics and Maths units, please contact us for advice.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits 122 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction. To include sufficient units in Chemistry, Physics and/or Maths. Please contact us for advice.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points To include Higher level Physics at 5 or above or Higher level Maths at 5 or above plus Higher level Physics at 4 or above. To also include Higher Level Chemistry at 6 or above
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language at grade C (or 4) and Maths at grade C (or 4).

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduatecourses/astrophysicsandmedicinalchemistry/#entry-requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Astrophysics and Medicinal Chemistry at Keele University - UCAS