The year 2 ancillary options for the 2017-2018 academic year are listed below:

Ancillary Course Summaries

Medicinal Chemistry 2

This course is compulsory for students registered on the F124 and F125 degree programmes.

Medicinal Chemistry 1 (MC1) is a prerequisite for this course. A minimum of AS-level knowledge of biology will be assumed throughout. 

The course comprises a series of lecture courses given by staff from the Chemistry Department covering the following topics:

  1. Principles of drug discovery. 
  2. Pharmacokinetics.
  3. High throughput and high content screening in drug discovery.
  4. Drug metabolism.
  5. Biologicals as drugs.

Course Coordinators: Dr Simon Gerrard and Dr Charlotte Sutherell 

Maths and Physics for Chemists Part 2 (MPC2)

This course is compulsory for F1F3 and F1FH students. The first-year Maths & Physics for Chemists Part 1 ancillary course is a prerequisite.

The course comprises a series of lectures and tutorials given by staff from the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics covering the following topics:

  1. Mathematics (AUTUMN TERM): inhomogeneous ordinary differential equations (ODEs) ; complex numbers; partial differential equations, linear algebra; Fourier methods, field theory.
  2. Physics (SPRING TERM): Quantum mechanics; electricity and magnetism.

Chemistry Coordinator: Prof John Seddon (

Undergraduate Ambassador's Scheme (UAS)

The UAS provides the framework for science, technology, engineering and maths undergraduates to work with teachers in local schools (see: The UAS aims to benefit all those participating in the module by:

- Providing key transferable skills to undergraduates which will be invaluable after graduation;
- Providing teaching experience that encourages undergraduates to consider a career in teaching;
- Supplying role models for pupils;
- Giving support to teachers;
- Encouraging a new generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians

The assessment of the UAS will comprise of four parts: Report; Journal; Presentation and Teacher feedback and assessment from the placement school.

A maximum of eight students will be nominated to teach at one of the local schools. Applications for consideration should be via email to briefly explaining why you would like to take part in this scheme. Those shortlisted will be invited for an interview. The selection criteria will also take into consideration overall exam scores.

Course Coordinator: Melanie Bottrill (

Business and management courses for engineers and scientists (BPES)

These courses are NOT available to F1N2, F1NF and FN11 students.

The Business and management courses for engineers and scientists (BPES) programme provides engineering and science students at Imperial College the opportunity to study business and management. Many of the courses on offer have been jointly developed with engineering departments to enhance specific programmes of study. More details can be obtained from the Business School's website.

Students registering for a BPES option must do so directly via the Business School.


Imperial Horizons

In additionto taking an ancillary subject, Year 2 students can elect to participate in the Imperial Horizons programme.

The Imperial Horizons programme offers a wide range of courses for all Imperial College undergraduates. It is designed to broaden your education, inspire your creativity and enhance your professional impact. Over 80 different course options are available from four fields of study to be taken over your four years of undergraduate study.

Key benefits of Imperial Horizons include wide opportunities to develop your skills in communication, problem-solving and teamwork. Your course options are included on your degree transcript as a valuable selling point for employers.

To find our more, visit the Horizons website