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Chemists have been instrumental in ridding the world of killer diseases and developing drugs that improve the lives and outcomes for millions of people worldwide. Pharmaceutical chemists are interested in how chemicals and drugs work in a biological environment, so if you're passionate about both chemistry and biology, then this is a great course for you.
NTU Chemistry degrees are recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This accreditation is our assurance that our courses are relevant to, and valued by, industry. You will regularly be working in a professional laboratory, using the most advanced techniques, so that when you graduate you will already have many of the skills employers are looking for.
The course gives you real flexibility too. You can opt to spend one year working in industry, getting valuable work experience that can help you get a job when you graduate. You can also choose specialist modules, depending on your own personal passions.
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What you'll study
Who will teach me?
We have a passionate team of experts, who are committed to providing you with all the skills and experience you need to build a successful career in industry or in research. We are proud to have won awards and recognition for our high levels of teaching and student satisfaction. As a student here, you will not only have the full support of your tutors, but you'll also work with a highly skilled technical team who are on-hand to help you throughout your studies.
Take a look at our Academic Team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.
What our students say
As soon as I came to the open day and looked around the Chemistry department on Clifton Campus, I knew I wanted to study here. I have a tutor who I saw every month in first year and most of the lecturers do not mind sparing time to go through any problems you have, even if it is not their specific area of chemistry.
My advice to students considering this course? Be prepared to put in the hard work. There are lots of lab reports to write so a mathematical background can be useful. I have enjoyed the course so much that none of the long hours or extra work has bothered me. It also meant I was able to spend longer at NTU with my course mates.
BSc Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science
In your first year, you will be introduced to the various strands of chemistry, and will start to think about the ways in which social and economic factors influence the way chemical sciences operate.
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Learn about the bonding and structure in organic molecules and functional group chemistry, with an emphasis on reactivity and mechanism.
Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
Learn the fundamental concepts of theoretical and practical chemistry as well as aspects such as inorganic complexation
reactions, indicator theory and acid-base systems.
Introduction to Physical Chemistry
Study physical chemistry including kinetic theory of gases, reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, phase equilibria and distillation processes.
Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
Learn basic chemical principles including chromatography, applied optical spectroscopy, statistical tests, electroanalytical techniques and appropriate specialist methods.
Engage with real-life examples of how chemistry works, and understand the influence of social, economic or environmental factors on the way chemical sciences operate.
Introduction to Specialist Areas of Chemistry
Includes the chemistry of drugs, polymeric materials and environmental issues.
This year we will be exploring more advanced concepts and you'll have the opportunity to take a short placement to get you thinking about the world of work. We'll also start to explore the processes involved in drug discovery and development.
Learn more advanced concepts in synthetic organic chemistry, organic reaction mechanisms and reactivity, as well as advanced structural analysis through organic spectroscopic techniques.
Develop the concepts introduced in Year One and learn about structural chemistry in relation to chemical behaviour, functionality, reactivity and identification of inorganic molecules.
Learn about the basic principles of surface and colloid chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and concepts of heat and mass transfer associated with industrial processes.
Builds on Year One by focusing on interfering sample matrices, quantitative and qualitative identification of multicomponent samples and measurements under non-ideal conditions.
Introduces you to the processes involved in drug discovery and the steps taken by the medicinal chemist in order to take a lead compound and develop a drug for market.
Get prepared for the world of work through a short placement. You'll be able to apply and observe, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally relevant processes and attitudes.
Optional year-long work placement.
We move on to advanced topics, including the applications of medicinal chemistry. You'll carry out independent research for your final year project, and you'll have greater input in deciding which modules you study, depending on your own interests and career aspirations.
Develop plans and carry out a substantial independent research project of publishable quality. Understand the principles of analytical work and the limitations of experimental design.
Study advanced topics across the spectrum of chemistry including heterocyclic chemistry, reaction mechanisms at metal centres, and molecular self-assembly and polymer chemistry in solution.
Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
Integrates academic and industrial aspects of learning and applying medicinal chemistry. You'll learn about drug action and synthesis as well as gaining an introduction to disease states.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Builds on previous concepts presented in organic chemistry, and introduces you to concepts of total synthesis, asymmetric synthesis and advanced theories in pericyclic reactions.
Optional modules - choose one of the following:
Advanced Chemical Analysis
Develop through advanced topics in the theory and practice of chemical analysis, including method development from first principles through to final presentation, method validation, and group work.
Nano and Green Chemistry
Develop an appreciation of cutting-edge progress in nanomaterials and green chemistry, their use in domestic and engineering applications, and the theory and practice of green chemistry.
Communicating Science and Technology
Opportunity to gain academic credit for working as a
Notes about fees for this course
Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.
Getting in touch
For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.
We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.
What are we looking for?
Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.
We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.
Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.
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