School - School of Environment & Life Sciences
Subject area - Biomedical Science
UCAS Code: 8M75
Start Dates(s): September
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with Professional Studies
6 years part-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- 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.
BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry student
Recently completed a placement at Harvard University, working alongside experts on pioneering research into Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Whilst on my placement at Harvard, I was working in an academic laboratory making compounds for testing on Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. This was really interesting, and was the first time I've ever done a full time job, so this definately helped me feel like a grown up! I was informed about the opportunity to go to America in my first year by my tutor, who did his PhD at Salford alongside Dr. Kevin Hodgetts, who works at Harvard and became my placement supervisor in America - a great example of the universities international research relationships.
Year 1 includes core modules in areas of organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry, along with biochemistry and biology. In year 2 you will develop chemistry-based analytical skills, and modules taken at this level have integrated laboratory components embedded within them in order to give you the practical and theoretical training vital for a career in medicinal chemistry. In your final year emphasis will be placed upon chemical research and highlighting new developments in the field of medicinal chemistry.
Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.