Our Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry programme will provide you with training in pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, drug synthesis, and methods to identify potential drug targets and drug candidates, and methods, to assess the biological activities of drug compounds.
The MSc in Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry is your opportunity to specialise in this fascinating and vitally important field that focuses on the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances, including the development of safe and effective drugs.
Working in our state-of-the-art laboratories and taught by academic staff who are active in research, you will enjoy access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation including: 400 MHz, 500 MHz, solid-state and benchtop NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatography and tunable nanopore sensors.
You will also benefit from our new £17 million STEMLab, offering the most advanced and up-to-date laboratories for students across a range of disciplines and further investment in laboratory space scheduled to open in 2018.
There is a Research Training Project, which is based either on placement in industry or with a research group in the Chemistry Department. The projects commence in May and continue through until September.
What makes this programme different?
- Access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation
- New £17 million STEMLab
- Research training project
Who should study this programme?
Our Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry programme is designed for graduates in chemistry or a closely related discipline who wish to contribute to drug development in the pharmaceutical industry.
An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related subject.
English language requirements
All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in the English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more on our English language requirements page.
IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.
What you'll study
The modules in our Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry programme are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances, and to develop your research skills.
Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.
- Research Methods – 15 credits
- Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism– 15 credits
- Drug Targets, Drug Design and Drug Synthesis– 15 credits
- Spectroscopy and Structural Analysis – 15 credits
- Professional Skills and Dissertation – 30 credits
- Research Project – 60 credits
You can also choose two optional modules from the following optional modules
- Separation Techniques – 15 credits
- Mass Spectrometry and Associated Techniques – 15 credits
- Innovations in Analytical Science – 15 credits
- Innovations in Medicinal Chemistry – 15 credits
Future career prospects
The Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry MSc provides training which is highly relevant to working in drug design and development in the pharmaceutical industry, the wider chemical industry and in other fields.
About the School
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