Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Medicinal Chemistry and Neuroscience

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Course summary

Tackle global health issues, learn about the design of drugs and combine skills in science and research to explore the fascinating complexity of the human brain. Our Medicinal Chemistry with Neuroscience BSc will equip you with the knowledge, skills and techniques to enter a variety of careers and contribute to the advancement of global health. Why choose this course?

  • Professional accreditation pathways are available
  • Top 20 in the UK for Neuroscience (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
  • Gain practical experience of human neural anatomy in Keele Medical School's Anatomy Suite
  • Develop core practical skills in Keele's state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratories (CSL)
  • Engage with award-winning academics who are at the forefront of innovation in teaching and research
From understanding how pharmaceuticals interact with the human body to exploring drug design to combat various diseases, the application of medicinal chemistry plays a vital part in prolonging and improving life. The medicinal chemistry element of the course provide you with a strong grounding in core medicinal chemistry knowledge in areas such as the principles of drug design. This focusses on understanding the interaction of small molecules with biological targets in the body and applying this to the design of drug molecules. During practical sessions you will learn advanced experimental techniques including handling air-sensitive reagents, and also complete a multi-step synthesis of nalidixic acid (the heterocyclic core of a new class of antibacterial agents) to mimic the processes used in the pharmaceutical industry. Neuroscience is a vibrant and emerging discipline that explores the brain, from how it enables us to sense and move through our environment, to degeneration in health and in disease. With over 600 types of neurological conditions currently identified (NHS England), understanding how the brain and nervous system work is integral to the future of human health and well-being. Modules in the neuroscience component of the programme will equip you with the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge used by Neuroscientists (typically research scientists) in their quest to design and carry out experiments to understand more about the brain and nervous system. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.

Course details


For a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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