Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (4 years) [MChem]

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UCAS course code: F152

UCAS institution code: M20

Degree awarded: MChem

Duration: 4 years

Number of places/applicants: We receive approximately 1000 applications annually for 230 places in year 1.

Typical A level offer: Grades AAA including chemistry plus one other science or maths subject.  If you miss the MChem grades, but meet the BSc grades (AAB), you will automatically be offered a place for BSc Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer: 36 points overall with a grade of 6 in each of 3 Higher Level subjects to include chemistry and one other science or mathematics.  If English is not offered as one of the Diploma subjects (SL or HL) then a score of 6.0 at IELTS (or an equivalent approved qualification) must be offered.

Contact email: ug.chemistry@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 306 9271

How to apply: Apply through UCAS .

Course description

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry is a highly flexible degree programme covering a wide range of courses taught by chemists, pharmacists, biologists and industrial medicinal chemists. It provides a strong foundation in core chemistry, supplemented by specialist knowledge of medicinal chemistry. In addition to core chemistry units you take top-rated courses such as foundation biology, medicinal biochemistry and a number of courses on drug discovery and development from experts within chemistry and other Faculties.

Open days

For details of the next University Undergraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be £9,250. Future inflationary increases may also be applied to each subsequent year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £22,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate student finance pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships:

The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances. It is estimated that more than a third of our students will receive bursaries of up to £2,500 per year and many will be offered even more generous support. For information about scholarships/bursaries/sponsorship please see our undergraduate fees pages and visit the School website www.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/scholarships/

Selected entry requirements

A-level:

Grades AAA including chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

There is a requirement to pass the practical assessment in the newly reformed science A Levels.

Duration of A-level study: Your application will be considered against the standard selection process of your chosen course if you either:

a) sat your examinations early;

or

b) followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations were taken over two years.

If you are studying an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor for that subject.

AS-level:

AS-level results are not typically considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester, however if you hold 2 AS Levels in science subjects and/or mathematics in place of a third A Level please contact the Admissions Office for further information. These AS-level requirements will continue to apply for applicants holding newly reformed qualifications in England.

Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer: General Studies

Unit grade information:

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE:

The University does not have a blanket policy on preferred subjects at GCSE, aside from English language and mathematics which are required at a minimum of Grade C or above (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). For a degree in chemistry, we also require GCSEs in science subjects with good grades at a minimum of Grade C or above (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England).

Applied GCSE mathematics courses (e.g. WJEC Mathematics - Numeracy) are not accepted for entry to a chemistry course.

International Baccalaureate:

36 points overall with a grade of 6 in each of 3 Higher Level subjects to include chemistry and one other science or mathematics.  If English is not offered as one of the Diploma subjects (SL or HL) then a score of 6.0 at IELTS (or an equivalent approved qualification) must be offered.

Alternative entry requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate:

H1 H1 H1 H1 in Irish Leaving Certificate including chemistry and another science or mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Highers: Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations:

Two Advanced Highers at grades AA, and two Highers at grades AA. This must include chemistry and another science or mathematics at Advanced Higher. Or three Advanced Highers at grades AAA including chemistry and another science or mathematics. 

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Admissions Office.

Welsh Baccalaureate:

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

European Baccalaureate:

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Award of Baccalaureate with an average of 84% with at least 8.5 in chemistry and in another science or mathematics.  Approved English language qualifications include at least 7.0 in English in four periods per week.

AQA Baccalaureate:

The University of Manchester recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. In making offers, the University will focus on the three A levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate; applicants are therefore advised to refer to the standard A level requirements for entry onto the course for which they wish to apply. The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the extended project are considered to be valuable elements of AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage applicants to draw upon these experiences within their personal statements.

Other international entry requirements:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

BTEC National Diploma: The School of Chemistry only accepts the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Qualifications in Applied Science . Please note that acceptability is dependent upon completing specific modules.

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma

The Biomedical Sciences pathway is not suitable for entry.          

The Analytical and Forensic Science pathway is suitable, but the following specific modules must be completed:    

  • Group A Optional Units must include:

            - Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

            - Applications of Organic Chemistry

  • Group B Optional Units must include:

           - Industrial Chemical Reactions

We highly recommend students take the module in Practical Chemical Analysis in Group A

The Physical Science pathway is suitable, but following specific modules must be completed:    

  • Group A Optional Units must include:

           - Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

           - Industrial Chemical Reactions

  • Group B Optional units must include:

           - Applications of Organic Chemistry

We highly recommend students take the module in Practical Chemical Analysis in Group A

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDD.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

Please refer to subject criteria for the Extended Diploma in Applied Science above.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DD plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level or equivalent at grade A preferably in chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

Please refer to subject criteria for the Extended Diploma in Applied Science above. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade M plus additional level 3 qualifications such as two A Levels or equivalent at grades AA to include at least one from chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Please refer to subject criteria for the Extended Diploma in Applied Science above. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus additional level 3 qualifications such as two A Levels or equivalent at grades AA to include at least one from chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Admissions Office.

OCR National Extended Diploma (18 units): OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualifications (CTEC) may be considered alongside two A Levels or equivalent in Chemistry plus at least another science or mathematics.  Entry requirements will depend upon the type of CTEC qualification being studied alongside the A Levels.  Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

Access to HE Diploma:

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3 including 40 credits at Distinction, 15 of which should be in chemistry and 15 in another science (mathematics, physics or biology).  We will request a copy of your modules.  We also require GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C / grade 4 or above, or equivalent. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Advanced Placement tests:

Completion of the High School Diploma with a GPA of no less than 3.0 and either SAT of 1290 or above or ACT with a score of at least 27, plus completion of three AP subjects at grade 5 to include chemistry and at least one from physics, biology or mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U:

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Conditional offers will be set on an individual basis but are likely to include achieving a minimum grade of D3 in Principal Subjects. Where A Level chemistry plus another science or mathematics A Level are not taken, then Principal Subjects must include chemistry and at least another science from mathematics, physics or biology.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Non-standard educational routes:

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Other entry requirements: Please consult our Admissions Office for further assistance.

English language:

Minimum grade C in GCSE English language (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). IELTS - minimum 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component. TOEFL - minimum 80 (internet-based).

English language test validity: Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Applicants to this course can change to any of our degree courses at any time up to the start of the academic year. 

Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teachers during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college. We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance will be included in the referee's report. We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting School. If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the School to which you applied as soon as possible.

Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant Exam Board, we will not be able to make further allowances.

How your application is considered

Applicants are considered on their predicted grades, a good academic reference, their personal statement and an interview.

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell the admissions team why we should offer you a place here at Manchester. It will be read by an academic and administrative member of staff. We will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • the nature and extent of the interest in your chosen course;
  • your motivation to study your course and potential to contribute to the teaching and learning environment within the School;
  • your academic ability and potential (what do you know about chemistry; what have you read about chemistry; how have you engaged with chemistry at school/college or independently; what aspects particularly interest you);
  • we are also keen to hear about you - your interests, hobbies, extra-curricular experiences, career aspirations - and how these have prepared you for success on your chosen course.

All applicants should be aware that information provided in the personal statement may be used as the basis for further discussion during your interview with an academic member of staff.

Your academic reference will be read to ensure that we are aware of any mitigating circumstances to be taken into account when assessing your application.

Further information and advice on writing your personal statement and the UCAS application process can be found on our University of Manchester Aspiring Students (UMASS) website - http://www.umass.manchester.ac.uk/applying-to-university/ucas/ or the UCAS website - https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/when-apply/writing-personal-statement    

Interview requirements

The School's policy is to interview all UK based applicants. A series of Visit Days are arranged between November and March annually.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We welcome applications from overseas.  We have no quota limitations for international applicants and offer Chemistry International Scholarships.  International applicants are also eligible to apply for the Faculty Academic Excellence Scholarships.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and 2 years at the maximum. We normally also guarantee a place in the current year should the applicant's gap year plans change

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

We are happy to consider applicants who are taking their examinations in more than one sitting.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

We are happy to consider students who wish to transfer from other courses.

Course description

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry is a highly flexible degree programme covering a wide range of courses taught by chemists, pharmacists, biologists and industrial medicinal chemists. It provides a strong foundation in core chemistry, supplemented by specialist knowledge of medicinal chemistry. In addition to core chemistry units you take top-rated courses such as foundation biology, medicinal biochemistry and a number of courses on drug discovery and development from experts within chemistry and other Faculties.

Special features

  • We take good care of our students and have multiple tutors to oversee the process. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is in overall charge, and you will have Academic Tutors in all branches of the subject, a Programme Director for the F152 course, and a Personal Tutor.
  • MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry is aimed at students with a strong interest in the biological aspects of chemistry. As well as traditional chemistry topics you will take courses that cover biochemistry, medicines and drug discovery, and the major disease areas. Some of these courses are taught by academics from the top-rated School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences while others are taught by industrialists from major pharmaceutical companies. For full details of all the courses see below.
  • We are also proud of our innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) scheme. The PASS scheme provides additional support in the area of the current week's tutorial. It is entirely voluntary and third and fourth year students help first years to tackle problems defined by the content of the current tutorial. The emphasis is on showing students how to think about the problems, how to develop problem-solving skills and how to get the most from the educational resources available.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered by a mixture of the following:

  • Traditional lectures
  • Small group tutorials
  • Laboratory classes
  • Group work
  • Individual research projects
  • Computer-based tuition
  • Workshops

A range of ancillary mathematics, data handling, presentation and IT skills, and computer based chemistry are taught on the dedicated computer cluster. There are also some group-based activities.

The School offers a high level of learning support. You will have weekly tutorials in small groups of no more than 6. Each student has three academic tutors, one each for Organic, Inorganic and Physical chemistry. You will have your own Personal Tutor to oversee your personal welfare - each member of staff has no more than six personal tutees per year.

Practical chemistry is important in all areas of the subject, and is a key part of all our programmes. In Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 students carry out practical work in our modern well-equipped undergraduate laboratories, built to a high specification. Our practical courses are designed to provide experience of the wide range of chemical techniques for measurement and synthesis necessary for the study of modern chemistry. An important requirement for a chemist in the laboratory is the ability to work safely with a wide range of chemicals and equipment. As well as providing the opportunity to do interesting chemistry our practical courses train students to work safely and effectively in the laboratory.

Finally we have the innovative PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) which meet weekly in Years 1 and 2.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by a mixture of traditional examinations, coursework, laboratory practicals and workshops. Examinations take place in January and May each year, with around one third of the marks from continuous assessment. The first year is a simple pass/fail, but from then on a percentage of each year's assessment counts towards your final degree classification.

Course content for year 1

First-year topics include: bonding in molecules; organic reaction mechanisms; natural product chemistry; s, p, and d block chemistry; thermodynamics; kinetics; and quantum mechanics. You will also attend classes on foundation biology, medicinal biochemistry and the properties of medicines. In addition, you will attend courses covering presentational, computer and IT skills.

Course unit details for year 1

Course content for year 2

The second year continues developing the core and extends topics from your first year, introducing new areas such as molecular spectroscopy, bonding and reactivity, surfaces and interfaces, chemistry of the heavier elements, molecular symmetry, metal-ligand bonding, polymer science, structure determination, stereochemistry and heterocyclic chemistry, plus additional course units involving polymer, materials and computational chemistry. In addition, you will attend two courses, taught jointly with the School of Pharmacy, on drug discovery and the roles of medicinal chemistry in tackling major diseases from infections to cancer and heart disease. Eligibility for continuation on this MChem programme is at our discretion, based on your general performance and your second year mark. If you are not eligible you will be transferred to the BSc programme.

Course unit details for year 2

Course content for year 3

You can choose from a wide range of course units made up of core and advanced chemistry units and also some units from outside chemistry. These include advanced course units in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry, as well as natural product and biological chemistry, contemporary drug discovery and synthesis for drug discovery and development. In addition options are available from outside the School in Enterprise and the History of Science. Practical work in the third year takes the form of a group research project. You will work in a team with other medicinal chemistry students on a medicinal chemistry-specific project.

Course unit details for year 3

Course content for year 4

In the fourth and final year, you carry out an extended project in Organic Chemistry or Pharmacy (in association with one of the Schools' research groups) relevant to biomedical research. You study specialist courses in chemistry and medicinal chemistry, and attend specialist lectures chosen in consultation with your project supervisor.

Course unit details for year 4

Scholarships and bursaries

For information about scholarships/bursaries/sponsorship please see our undergraduate fees pages and go to School and university scholarships

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Our Chemistry graduates are skilled in scientific methodology and are numerate, versatile and creative, making them attractive to employers from a range of sectors. Around half of our graduates get a first job directly using their chemical knowledge; 25% go on to a further degree; and the remaining 25% opt for diverse careers in such areas as finance, management, computing and IT. Throughout the academic year, our School runs an extensive programme of employability events to further enhance your employment prospects, most of which are open to all students from all years. These events are run in collaboration with the University's award winning Careers Service , involving various alumni, employers and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and include numerous drop-in sessions held in the Chemistry Building. Depending on your degree, you may have additional specialist knowledge in analytical or medicinal chemistry, or a European language. If you spend Year 3 abroad or in industry, you will gain highly sought after life skills and demonstrate a proven ability to adapt, attributes which will make you highly attractive to future employers. For more information visit the Chemistry careers page .

Accrediting organisations

MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry as satisfying the academic requirements for admission to Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and the award of CChem (Chartered Chemist) for graduates with a first or second class honours degree. .

Associated organisations

Graduates are eligible for Affiliate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry at a reduced rate. On graduation you can proceed to Associate or Full membership and Chartered Chemist Status (depending on degree class).

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