London Metropolitan University

Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery (including foundation year) London Metropolitan University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Why study this course?

Our Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0) – it’s the ideal course if you’re interested in studying medicinal chemistry or drug discovery related subjects at university but you can't meet the necessary entry requirements required to start a standard degree.

The foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying chemistry and subjects allied to the pharmaceutical industries, but will also provide you with key study and laboratory skills that will help you succeed at undergraduate level.

More about this course

This four-year programme has been designed with an integrated foundation year to allow you to explore key areas of chemistry at the beginning of your studies.

As a foundation year student, you’ll be well-equipped to enter Year 1 of your degree, having built your confidence and acquired essential scientific knowledge and techniques at Year 0.

You will spend a number of your classes in our state-of-the-art superlab – one of Europe’s largest and most advanced teaching labs – which has 280 workstations and a wide range of cutting-edge scientific equipment.

Following your foundation year, you will study the same subjects and get the same choice of modules as those who study our Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery BSc (Hons) degree.

This course is the perfect start to university if you’re just beginning your journey into the world of chemistry or pharmaceutical science.

You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Should you decide during your foundation year that you’d like to specialise in a different area of study, there is some flexibility to allow you to do this.

Course details


Example Year 0 modules include:

Scientific Studies

Example Year 1 modules include:

Laboratory Science
General and Organic Chemistry
Cell and Molecular Biology
Concepts in Chemistry

Example Year 2 modules include:

Organic Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Quantitative Analysis
Spectroscopic Methods
Principles of Pharmacodynamics and Drug Actions
Drug Discovery

Example Year 3 modules include:

Advanced Organic Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Materials
Research Project
Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling
Advanced Bioanalytical Science
Work Placement

Assessment method

Depending on the modules you choose to study, assessments include coursework (eg problem-solving exercises, written assignments, practical reports or dissertations), practical exams (eg poster presentations or oral examinations) and written exams (eg formal examinations or in-class tests).

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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 32 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 You will be required to have English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

More information about our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,700 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the 2020–21 academic year. Fees for new and returning students may change each year by an amount set under the government’s regulation. For further information about our undergraduate fees, please visit: Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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