The course is designed to give chemists with a first degree a good understanding of how synthetic organic chemistry provides the foundation for the discovery of new medicines.
Course content is aimed at developing chemistry skills in the context of drug design, for example through lectures and interactive sessions with industry experts, molecular modelling and an extended multidisciplinary project.
Topics span chemistry, natural products and synthesis, through to metabolism, pharmacology and information, patents and IPR.
Why study this course
This course has been designed for those targetting a career in the fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotech and associated custom research organizations (CROs).
Key course components in medicinal chemistry and information/patents/IPR will be delivered by industry experts.
Learn about the whole ‘Bench to Bedside’ scientific landscape, including chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and information science.
A perfect transition programme towards industry or a PhD.
Total Synthesis of Natural Products
Natural products and their analogues are an important focus for the pharmaceutical industry, and synthetic methodology employed in academic synthetic work is important in making drug candidates.
Overview of bioinorganic chemistry, metals in medicine, biological carbohydrate chemistry.
Molecular Modelling in Drug Discovery
An interactive and practical course on molecular modelling.
Metabolism and Excretion of Xenobiotics
The module describes the disposition of foreign compounds within the body of living organisms. It covers the methods used to study xenobiotic metabolism; their absorption and distribution and excretion, and includes the application of molecular biology techniques to drug metabolism and pharmacogenetics.
Pharmacology of Drug Discovery and Development
Including aspects of lead compound identification, preclinical assessment, clinical trials.
Essentials of Medicinal Chemistry R&D and Process Development
Delivered by industry experts, this course will take students through the scientific, inventive and commercial aspects of turning an organic ‘hit’ molecule into a clinical medicine.
Information, Patents and IPR in the Pharma Sector
Delivered by industry experts, this course will help students to understand information, sources of information (databases), search strategies, intellectual property and patents.
An extended multi-disciplinary project.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for home/EU students (2015/2016)
Tuition fees for international students (2015/2016)
Further funding information
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Scholarships and studentships
The University of Birmingham is committed to promoting and nurturing excellence. To reward and encourage excellence in entry, we are delighted to be able to offer the following scholarships for 2013 entry on our MSc and MRes programmes.
Students attracting overseas fees
A £3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a number of privately funded, full fee paying, international Master’s students. The scholarship is awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic results in their previous degree studies.
Students attracting home/EU fees
A £1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a number of privately funded, full fee paying, Home/EU Master’s students. The scholarship is awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic results in their previous degree studies.
Applicants to the courses will be considered for these awards at application stage and if you are successful you will be notified when your offer is made.
For further information contact the Admission Tutor or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Those interested in conducting the research project in industry will be given support to secure a placement (although these cannot be guaranteed).
How to apply
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages