Postgraduate Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry
This qualification enables you to study at postgraduate level aspects of medicinal chemistry that explore the links between disease, mechanisms of action and the development of safe, effective commercial drugs. You can pursue these topics across a number of major health areas including cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases, diabetes, neuropharmacology and inflammation. Using the innovative teaching methods pioneered by The Open University, you have the opportunity to understand how drugs are designed, study the latest developments in this changing area of contemporary medical therapy, while developing a wide range of skills associated with masters-level study.
The overall aim of the qualification is to develop knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, key skills and practical and professional skills in the study of medicinal chemistry, with particular emphasis on molecular aspects and development of drugs.
The intention is that you will develop:
- an understanding of the scientific principles underlying the main topic areas of medicinal chemistry
- skills essential to postgraduate study in science.
After completing the degree you should be able to:
- use electronic means of communication, information searching and retrieval
- critically assess a broad range of scientific literature in medicinal chemistry
- prepare a poster and a presentation that critically engage with current theoretical, methodological and/or practical issues in medicinal chemistry.
Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Teaching is via module texts, electronic material and online forums. The material provided is mostly resource based, with an online study guide, and you are therefore encouraged to plan and execute your own learning programme.
Understanding of principles and concepts is assessed through tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs) and online exam/ end-of-module assessments (EMAs). You submit TMAs electronically and receive feedback through the eTMA system.
You submit either an online exam (S807, S827) or an EMA (S825). Feedback on the EMA performance is provided at the end of the module.
These skills are developed in the study materials and via online forums.
These skills are assessed in the TMAs and the online exam/EMAs. You receive feedback on all your assessed work, with particular emphasis being given to the development of skills through the period of each module. Teaching materials are provided on learning from the media, conducting searches, communication via posters and presentations and critiquing literature.
These skills are assessed in the TMAs and the EMAs. You receive feedback on all your assessed work, with particular emphasis being given to the development of skills through the period of each module. Development of these skills builds on your prior skills as a science graduate entering the programme, with some teaching in the study materials and some through feedback from tutors on TMAs and the EMA plans.
These skills are assessed in the TMAs and the online exam/EMA on all three modules.
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Completing this postgraduate diploma course will equip you with a set of key transferable skills which will be relevant for the workplace as well as providing you with a base of postgraduate level science knowledge and understanding. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship within medicinal chemistry, as well as evaluating research methodologies. You will learn to deal with complex issues and make sound judgements and decisions in complex situations.
You will learn to communicate information and conclusions to specialist scientific audiences, work effectively as part of a team, demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, plan and implement tasks at a professional level.
The nature of this qualification will develop your independent learning skills, such as critical reading, as well as enhance your ICT skills for both literature searching and managing information and strengthen your communication skills with others in both professional and academic contexts.
Having this qualification coupled with practical experience could open up career opportunities in various scientific and medical research fields in the public and private sectors, for example, in pharmaceutical companies, the NHS, medical research, universities, commercial laboratories, and independent healthcare providers.
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