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Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

What will I learn?

This degree provides a good foundation in Chemistry coupled with specialist knowledge of medicinal chemistry. Your first and second years will develop understanding of fundamental areas of Chemistry and core modules will give you a background in the essential topics required for more advanced study and exposure to specialist and interdisciplinary topics.

You will explore the process of medicinal drug discovery, starting from the initial concept of a new product, to the discovery stage, through clinical trials, scale-up and finally production. In addition to research-led teaching from top academics in their field, you will benefit from external lectures given by pharmaceutical industry leaders.

You will be able to choose optional modules in your third year from those offered from within Chemistry as well as modules from other departments such as Life Sciences, the Business School or Languages.

Our Chemistry degrees are excellent, all-round programmes that develop a broad skillset, valued by employers, as well as subject specific knowledge. You will develop the ability to solve unfamiliar problems by applying your knowledge and understanding and apply your critical thinking skills to assess complex situations. You learn how to locate, evaluate and communicate information to a range of audiences.

How will I learn?

You will experience a range of different types of teaching sessions including lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory classes.

Lectures are the main way that the content and theory is delivered and all students taking a module attend the lectures at the same time. You will encounter a range of lecturing styles that help you to learn in different ways including making your own notes, annotating printed handouts, problem solving activities and interactive quizzes.

Modules in the first and second year are supported by tutorials with small groups of students.
Workshops are problem solving classes where questions are set for you to attempt. Typically run in groups of 20-40 students, these provide opportunities for you to work with your peers as well as ask questions and get assistance from academic staff and teaching assistants on hand.

Classes in our state-of-the-art undergraduate labs will form an integral part of your learning. You will carry out experiments individually with a laboratory demonstrators supporting your small group to help you learn the practical techniques and guide your understanding. Many of our practicals are unique and innovative because they have been designed by our academic researchers. All the equipment that you need is provided free, including your laboratory coat, book and glasses, and we have never charged for breakages so you can learn in a stress-free environment.

All of the teaching and learning activities are accessible through the virtual learning environment (VLE). Each module has its own area containing module information, contacts for teaching staff, lecture notes, tutorial and workshop questions, recordings, forums and often interactive quizzes. Your modules spaces stay with you throughout your time at Warwick so you can always access information and feedback from previous years.

How will I be assessed?

You will encounter summative examinations and coursework with a minimum of 25% of each year’s grade being generated from assessed work. You will carry out a range of assessment types including laboratory reports, presentations, posters and essays to monitor your progress and provide regular feedback.

What opportunities are there to complete a research placement?

There are opportunities to get involved in research at an early stage and you may want to carry out a summer project to find out if it is right for you. We encourage you to take part in the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme, which involves undertaking original research during the vacation. Recent research projects have included studying the structure of graphene, and working on platinum anti-cancer drugs and novel anti-inflammatory drugs.

Additional research opportunities are available in our MChem courses and the common structure in years one and two mean that you can easily transfer to the MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry or one of our placement courses.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

You can choose to study abroad in one of our partner universities as an intercalated year. This will increase the duration of your studies by one year and your course title will change to MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Intercalated Year.

You can transfer to the MChem Chemistry with International Placement which includes a 3-6 month placement in one of our partner institutions. Examples of partner institutions where our students have carried placements include Monash University (Australia), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Nayang Technical University (Singapore) and Modena (Italy).

Entry Requirements

A level EITHER AAB including Chemistry and a second science (from Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geology or Statistics) OR ABB including Chemistry and two further science subjects (from Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geology or Statistics).

You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

Offers usually exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

International Baccalaureate EITHER 36 points overall including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5 in a second science subject at Higher Level (from Mathematics, Physics or Biology) OR 34 points overall including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5, 5 in two further science subjects at Higher Level (from Mathematics, Physics or Biology)

Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements. Please contact the Department of Chemistry before application.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days We take into account individual circumstances when making our offer and consider it very important that you have first-hand experience of where you intend to study. We strongly advise candidates to attend one of our Departmental Admissions Days, which are reserved for current applicants. Offers are normally made before candidates have attended a Departmental Admissions Day. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. Candidates living outside the UK are welcome to visit at any time.

Contacts:

+44 (0)24 7615 1160

What modules can I study?

Your first and second years will develop your understanding of core areas of Chemistry including organic, inorganic, biological/medicinal and physical chemistry as well as a Mathematics component. BSc students will have considerable flexibility in their final year to select from advanced topics in Chemistry or Life Sciences.

Find out more about our degree structure and module information.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where can my degree take me?

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Procter and Gamble, Oxford University Press, Huntington Life Sciences, Deloitte, Ministry of Defence.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Inorganic Analyst, Research and Development Chemist, Secondary School Teacher, Organic Synthetic Chemist, Trainee Accountant.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level
: EITHER AAB including Chemistry and a second science (from Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geology or Statistics) OR ABB including Chemistry and two further science subjects (from Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Geology or Statistics).

You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

Offers usually exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

IB: EITHER 36 points overall including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5 in a second science subject at Higher Level (from Mathematics, Physics or Biology) OR 34 points overall including 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and 5, 5 in two further science subjects at Higher Level (from Mathematics, Physics or Biology)

UCAS Code
F121

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Duration
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Chemistry

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Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

*This information is applicable for 2018 entry.

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