Chemistry with Pharmacology is a major–minor degree programme. The chemistry component comprises two thirds of the course in the first three years, with pharmacology making up the remaining third. You study just Chemistry in your fourth and final year.
Each year contains 120 credits of taught material, delivered in modules that are typically worth 10 or 20 credits. Core modules (60 credits in Years 1-3) are taken by all students enrolled on both single honours and major/minor degree programmes and cover those fundamentals of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry that we deem essential. Year 1 also includes a self-paced maths module.
The remaining 60 credits in each year include 40 credits of pharmacology, taught by staff from the University’s Medical School, along with laboratory or project modules (with embedded communications and employability skills) designed to support the core chemistry, allowing you to develop your practical skills and techniques as well as consolidate the associated theory from your lectures.
You study just Chemistry in your fourth and final year. There is significant flexibility in this year, as you choose 60 credits of taught modules from a range of courses pitched at the cutting edge of the chemical sciences. A major research project makes up the remaining 60 credits. For many, your final-year project is the most exciting and enjoyable part of your degree and often influences the career pathway you choose to follow after graduating.
In Year 1, you will take core modules in the traditional sub-disciplines of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, all of which are supported by an additional 20-credit module of laboratory work. The pharmacology component in Year 1 includes an introduction to pharmacology, along with modules on physiology and cell biology.
Those of you who do not have A-level maths – don’t worry! We provide a self-paced introductory maths module in Semester 1, which will bring you up to speed with the common mathematical techniques needed for chemistry. All students take this module, whether they have A-level maths or not, since not all A-level maths syllabuses cover the same material.
In Semester 2, additional mathematics is embedded in the physical chemistry module, as you begin to apply your mathematical skills to chemical problems. All of the maths material is delivered by staff from Chemistry, which ensures you are equipped with those skills you need to tackle the more physical and theoretical aspects of our courses.
In Year 2, you will build on material from your first year as we employ a mix of lectures and practicals to develop further your understanding of the fundamental aspects of chemistry. In addition to these core courses in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, you will take pharmacology modules in systems pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics, as well as a particularly popular pair of modules entitled “Good Brain–Bad Brain”, which focuses on the workings of the brain, its molecules and cells, and considers how these may become altered in neurological and psychiatric disease states.
In addition to modules in core chemistry, you will take specialist modules in pharmacology, including molecular and integrative pharmacology and drug discovery and development. You will also undertake a research project in some aspect of chemistry.
You focus on just Chemistry in this, your final, year, choosing from a range of courses that reflect the state-of-the-art of the discipline, which not only allows us to showcase the cutting-edge research interests of the School but also ensures that you are aware of the latest challenges in this rapidly advancing subject.
In addition to 60 credits of taught modules, you will join one of the School’s research groups, and become a member of the Research School as you undertake a major research project (worth the remaining 60 credits). You will work closely with your project supervisor to tailor your project to your particular interests and ensure you develop those research skills that you feel will be most beneficial to you after completing your degree. Many students enjoy their research project so much that they choose to go on to study for a PhD after graduation.
Focusing on transferable skills and employability, is embedded throughout the course and from the outset, and will ensure that you are equipped with the ICT, presentation, team-working and problem-solving skills, which are seen as crucial by employers.
BSC or MSci?
The first two years of this MSci course are interchangeable with, and identical to, our Chemistry with Pharmacology BSc programme (F1B2), which means you can delay your final choice of degree (MSci or BSc) until the end of Year 2. MSci study is dependent upon performance: you will need a 60% overall mark and passes in all core modules in Year 2 in order to remain on the MSci programme.