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Course summary

This accredited course explores the relationship between chemistry and biology to further your understanding of human disease and drug design. It focuses on core chemistry, with modules in physiology and pharmacology. Studying in our modern facilities will give you valuable practical experience, preparing you for a wide range of careers. Our students go on to work in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, chemical, food and drink, and energy.  Employers of our previous graduates include Boots, Cancer Research UK and GlaxoSmithKline. We have been rated Gold for teaching excellence (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017). We offer small group tutorials to support your learning. You'll be taught by academic staff who will feed your curiosity for chemistry. You may recognise some of our staff from the popular Periodic Videos YouTube channel.

  • The University of Nottingham is the second-most targeted university in the UK by leading employers (High Fliers' Graduate Market in 2022).
  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Tailor your degree with optional modules
  • Flexibility to transfer between most chemistry degrees


In the first year, you will take introductory modules in chemistry, physiology and pharmacology, including practical training. If you do not have A level mathematics (or equivalent) then you will take the Mathematical Toolkit module to prepare you for this aspect of the chemistry course. In your second year you will cover topics in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry in more depth. You'll also study complimentary courses in spectroscopy, biological chemistry and pharmacology. This includes a case study on the development of a recent drug. In year three you will study advanced modules in chemistry and drug discovery. You will apply the theoretical, computational and experimental techniques you have learned to an area of your choice with a final research project.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - 80% overall including 8.5 in Chemistry and 8 in a second science. GCSE requirements - English grade 4 (C), Mathematics grade 4 (C)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £25000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £25000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

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