Medicinal Chemistry University of Salford


In brief:
Course content benefits from contributions from expert external guest lecturers.
Optional year-long placement, giving you the chance to graduate with professional experience.
Our Science in Industry module offers you the chance to gain experience of the business behind the science.
Part-time study option.
Work/industrial placement opportunity.
International students can apply.

Medicinal chemistry incorporates the design, development and monitoring of drugs which are essential in tackling new and existing diseases. This course integrates the range of subjects required to allow you to become a medicinal chemist. Subjects covered include both core areas of chemistry (organic, physical, inorganic and analytical) and key areas of biochemistry and biology relevant to the discipline. It is designed for students with a strong interest in chemistry and its applications to the treatment of diseases.

At the University of Salford we pride ourselves on our research and have recently invested extensively in our facilities to ensure that our students are able to complete research projects that are exciting and inspiring, contributing useful findings to the field. Examples of research areas that you can explore include: nanotechnology, drug design and repurposing, cancer and antimicrobial research, natural products, biomarkers, analytical detection of volatiles, mass spectrometry, computational studies, skin modelling, environmental assessment, pollution and remediation, toxicology and much more.

We encourage all of our students to take up an additional industrial placement year, which you arrange with our support, between years two and three of the full-time course, making a four year course overall. You will benefit from this year by being able to apply what you have learned in a real-world situation to your academic studies in your final year as well as gaining experience that is highly valued by prospective employers.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


Year one modules may include: Biological Chemistry, Pharmaceutical & Biochemical Skills, Organic Chemistry 1, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Study Skills. Year two modules may include: Biochemical and Pharmaceutical Research Skills, Organic Chemistry 2, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Genomics and Proteomics, Molecular Structure Determination, Pharmaceutical Science. Year three modules may include: Drug Synthesis, Science and Industry, Biochemistry of Drugs and Diseases, Organic Chemistry 3, Research Project and Professional Skills.

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

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Course code 8M75
Institution code S03
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points
A level 104 to 120 UCAS points. At least two full A levels required, including grade C in A level Chemistry.
A Pass in the practical element of Science A levels is required.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Suitable Science subject.
Health BTECs are not accepted as do not contain sufficient Chemistry.
Access to HE Diploma 104-120 UCAS points from a QAA Approved Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in a suitable Science subject.
Scottish Higher 104-120 UCAS points from Higher Level, including C in Higher Level Chemistry.
AS Only accepted alongside at least two full A levels.
Extended Project Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C or 4 (or above) in GCSE Maths and English is required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points 30 points including grade 4 in Higher Level Chemistry
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 104-120 UCAS points from Higher Level, including Higher Level Chemistry.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D - D*D* Suitable Science subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Only acceptable alongside other A level equivalent qualifications.

Fees and funding

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