Medicinal Chemistry courses
MSci Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry
UCAS code F124 | 4 years | 240 ECTS
MSci Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry and a Year in Industry
UCAS code F125 | 5 years | 300 ECTS
The composition, behaviour, structure and properties of matter, and the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions.
About the course
These courses combine our Single Honours Chemistry degree (F103) with modules that focus particularly on the industrial development, production and quality control of new drugs. They are designed for students intending to work in the pharmaceutical and similar industries, and for those interested in biomedical research.
What you study
Years one and two of all programmes follow the same core course content supplemented by two ancillary modules that are designed for specific degree programmes. This structure allows many of our students the opportunity to transfer to a different degree programme at a later stage providing they have studied the appropriate ancillary subjects in years one and two.
Practical experience in the lab is a major part of all of Imperial’s chemistry courses.
Year in industry
These courses allow you to gain experience of using chemistry in an industrial context in their penultimate year. They are one year longer than their counterparts without the year in industry, but their content is otherwise the same.
White City campus
The Department is currently based at our South Kensington Campus, and from 2018 will also occupy the Molecular Sciences Research Hub on Imperial’s brand new White City Campus. This will provide us with state-of-the-art research facilities and exciting opportunities for collaboration with industry. Final-year undergraduate projects will take place at White City. A free shuttle bus service runs between the campuses.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
- Introduction to Chemistry
- Chemistry Coursework 1
- Inorganic Chemistry 1
- Medicinal Chemistry 1
- Organic Chemistry 1
- Physical Chemistry 1
- Advanced Chemistry
- Chemistry Coursework 2 for Medicinal Chemists
- Inorganic Chemistry 2
- Medicinal Chemistry 2
- Organic Chemistry 2
- Physical Chemistry 2
- Advanced Chemistry
- Chemistry Coursework 3 for Medicinal Chemists
If you choose the year in industry option you will spend your fourth year on an industrial placement.
Year 4 or 5
- Chemistry Coursework 4 for Medicinal Chemists
- From Molecules to Medicine
You choose two modules from below.
- Advanced Catalysis
- Advanced Stereo-Chemistry, Synthesis and Biosynthesis
- Chemistry of Nanomaterials
- Membrane Biophysics
- Molecular Imaging
- Plastic Electronics from Materials Chemistry to Device Applications
- Renewable Energy from Solar Cells to Fuel Cells
- Robot Chemistry
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and guided laboratory work.
There will also be group work, literature reports and research projects in order to ensure our degrees provide a strong set of additional skills, such as presentational and communicative skills.
Our Chemistry degrees use a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:
- Written examinations
- Oral presentation
- Written reports
- Academic posters
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.
Our minimum entry requirement is AAA or A*AA overall, to include:
- A in Chemistry
- A in Mathematics
- A in one other approved subject as specified by the Department (preferred subjects are Biology, Economics or Physics. General Studies is not counted.)
Please note: in most cases offers are made at A*AA with the A* required in Chemistry or Mathematics.
In addition, passes are required in English and Mathematics at GCSE, typically grade B or better.
Candidates for the following courses should also note the requirements below:
Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry
Knowledge of Biology to A-level standard is recommended. Applicants not taking Biology as their third subject at A-level must be able to show that they are adequately prepared at the start of their course.
Year in Europe and Research Abroad courses
Study of the appropriate language to at least GCSE grade B is required.
Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)
If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.
All Chemistry courses
We require an overall minimum score of 38 points, including:
- 7 in Higher Level Chemistry
- 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
- 6 in another specified subject at higher level (preferred subjects are Biology, Economics or Physics)
Please note that most offers are made at 39 points to include 7 in Chemistry and Maths at higher level.
For Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry, Biology is recommended, preferably at higher level.
We will also consider candidates with equivalent qualifications, including Scottish Advanced Highers, which we consider equivalent to A-levels
English language requirements (all candidates)
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants.
We interview candidates whose academic record suggests that they would benefit from the course.
After a talk by the admissions tutor about the College and the structure of the course, you will be taken on a tour by current undergraduates. You will be able to talk to the students at lunch and will then have an individual interview.
Tuition fees and funding
Home and EU students
£9,250 per year
Year in Industry (Erasmus):
15% of the relevant fee for that year
Year in Industry (Non-Erasmus):
20% of the relevant fee for that year
The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – which includes Imperial – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.
The UK government has also confirmed that EU students starting or continuing their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time.
Islands and overseas students
£28,000 per year
Year in Industry:
20% of the relevant fee for that year
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation. Find out more about fee status assessments.
Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year.
Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study which have to be budgeted for in addition to tuition fees and living expenses. This section provides examples of these and it is possible that all, or some, of these will be relevant to you.
Please note that the cost figures given are based on what such costs were in previous academic years and these are likely to change year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their cost in previous years.
This section details whether the additional costs are essential or optional. Essential costs are highlighted as costs that you will need to pay to fully participate and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies and you will be free to opt out of these.
Lab equipment and materials
The Department provides the materials you will need in the laboratory, such as glassware (with no replacement charge for breakages), printed laboratory manuals and chemicals.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Wearing personal protective equipment is compulsory for some activities on this course. Where this applies, the Department of Chemistry will provide you with the necessary PPE free of charge to ensure you can undertake lab work safely. This includes:
- Lab coat
- Safety spectacles*
* We do not usually provide prescription spectacles, please see our policy (page 28).
If you lose an item, such as your lab coat, you will be required to pay a fee to cover the cost of its replacement.
We will charge you the same amount that we originally paid for the item. This fee is donated to ChemSoc, the student-run departmental society, to help to support their activities.
You will not be charged for a replacement if it is for another reason, such as theft or as a result of the item becoming worn out.
Professional accreditation and associateship
These degrees are professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. They also lead to the award of the Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS).
How to apply
UCAS Apply system
To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.
All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017.
The deadline for other courses at Imperial starting in 2017 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2017.
Students at a school/college registered with UCAS
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international institutions are registered with UCAS.
To make it clear which school or college you are applying from you will need to ask one of your teachers or advisers for the UCAS buzzword. You will need to enter this in UCAS’s Apply system when you register.
See our How to apply section for further guidance.
Independent applicants and students at schools/colleges not registered with UCAS
If you’re applying independently or from a school/college not registered with UCAS you will still need to use UCAS’s Apply system. You will not need a UCAS buzzword.
See our How to apply section for further guidance.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.
Tracking your application
Once you’ve completed your application and it’s been submitted through UCAS’s Apply system, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.
What our graduates do
Chemistry graduates are recruited into practically every branch of industry. Over half of our graduates pursue a PhD, while others work in roles as diverse as industrial development, production and quality control of processes, marketing, and teaching.
Importantly, our MSci programmes ensure that our degrees are recognised throughout Europe, where longer undergraduate degree programmes are the norm.
Recent graduates of the Department have become:
- Surface Scientist, AWE
- Clinical Research Associate, Novo Nordisk
- Science Graduate, AstraZeneca
- Consultant, EY
- Business Analyst, Credit Suisse
Information for offer holders for 2017
This section lists the changes that have been made to information about this course on this page since the UCAS application process opened on 1 September 2016.
All core modules are displayed on this page; the optional modules represent an indicative list of those that are likely to be available rather than all optional modules that will be offered every year. As a result, the changes recorded here only apply to the modules displayed on this page rather than all available on this course.
Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.
There are currently no changes to record for this course. Keep checking back for future updates.