BSc (Hons) Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

Medicinal and biological chemistry is the foundation of modern medicine. The life sciences industry is one of the largest industrial sectors in the UK, where you could use your skills to have a positive effect on health and wellbeing worldwide.

This is a truly multidisciplinary science. While chemistry forms the core of this Medicinal and Biological Chemistry degree, you’ll also study biology, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology to understand the links between human disease and its prevention and treatment through drug design.

To prepare you for the workplace there’s a significant amount of simulated work-based learning as part of this course, as well as employability and professional development activities. In your final year, for example, you can complete a major project in the workplace or pursue an industry-linked project.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
FC17 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
FC17 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A

The first year provides an excellent grounding in all three branches of chemistry – inorganic, organic and physical – as well as fundamental biology topics. In your second and final years, you’ll progress to study topics at the interface of chemistry and biology, such as drug design, toxicology, biochemistry and heterocyclic chemistry.

Year One: Medicinal and Biological Chemistry Degree

  • Organic Chemistry (20 credits)
  • Physical Chemistry (20 credits)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (20 credits)
  • Biological Chemistry (20 credits)
  • Biomedical Research Skills (20 credits)
  • Microorganisms and the Dynamic Cell (20 credits)

Year Two: Medicinal and Biological Chemistry Degree

  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry (20 credits)
  • Heterocyclic chemistry and an Intriduction to Drug Design (20 credits)
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry (20 credits)
  • Metabolism and Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Pharmacology (20 credits)
  • Analytical Techniques in the Biosciences (20 credits)

Year Three: Medicinal and Biological Chemistry Degree

  • Toxicology - 20 credits
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry - 20 credits
  • Advanced Pharmacology - 20 credits
  • Topics in Medicinal Chemistry - 20 credits
  • Professional Practice, Employability and project - 40 credits 

Teaching

A blended learning and teaching approach is utilised to provide the students with subject specific and key skills. Typically all chemistry modules consist of a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical laboratory sessions.

Students are provided with numerous learning activities including written coursework, project work, group work, practicals (with group sizes tailored to the activity); problem solving sessions, self­study assignments, oral and poster presentations. independent study, work related learning, on-line self assessments etc. Student will receive around 15 contact hours per week and will be expected to conduct at least one hour of individual study for every one hour of contact.

Teaching staff draw on research interests and scholarly activity, including conferences, to enhance lectures, laboratory work and develop final year projects. In general, final year projects are often of an applied science nature or involve the use of a range of synthetic techniques and analytical instrumentation in line with individual teaching staff research interests.

Assessment

Assessment is by examinations; in class tests; online pre-laboratory assessments; laboratory/practical reports and skills; oral presentations; themed portfolios of work; attendance at specific events; essays and dissertations; computer assignments; project work (including planning, conducting, documenting and reporting); and overall monitoring of safe practice in the laboratory.

Placements

Students are encouraged to undertake a work placement as part of their final year project, and those wishing to do so are supported by the University's Work Placement Team and the Careers Service.

Facilities

The Chemistry/Analytical Facilities are on a par with those found in industry. Students make full use of the laboratories during their studies and gain hands on experience using the extensive analytical equipment. Built to the latest standards of safety, our laboratories cater for moderate class sizes to ensure students receive a more personal practical experience. All the laboratories are equipped with AV teaching equipment and have Wi-Fi coverage.

The Chemistry/Analytical suite of laboratories comprise:

  • A dedicated Organic chemistry laboratory with a capacity of up to 24 students
  • A combined Inorganic/Physical chemistry laboratory 
  • Two large general instrument laboratories that house some of the more routinely used analytical equipment
  • A dedicated student research laboratory, used primarily by final year students undertaking a year long research project
  • Two specialised laboratories for performing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy.

The laboratories are fully equipped with chemicals and consumables, glassware and equipment as expected to run a Chemistry degree course. 

Biology facilities include newly refurbished biology laboratories; newly built category II microbiology laboratories and facilities for handling of pathogenic organisms PCR and DNA analyzers and an extensive range of anatomical models for teaching of Anatomy and Physiology dedicated microscopy laboratories with access to electron microscopy.

 

Lecturers

Dr Suzanna Kean, course leader

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject which must include Biology and Chemistry modules

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from Higher Levels to include grade 5 in Chemistry and Biology

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD including Chemistry and Biology but to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points). Must include Biology and Chemistry modules and excludes General Studies

Typical Science Requirements

Applicants taking Science A levels in England will need to pass the practical element alongside achieving the requested grade(s)

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to HE Diploma in Science and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Graduates will be ready for a career as a scientist, researcher or technician in the life sciences, which includes the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. You could also explore opportunities in the chemical industries and other medical-related employment. You’ll also develop a wide range of transferable skills as part of your studies, including analytical problem solving, team work and communication. As such, graduates from chemistry-based degrees can find employment in alternative disciplines such as teaching, management, law, finance and business.