Autumn term 2020-21 news

This course will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing new and returning students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If students can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, the Department has made plans to still provide them a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online), known as ‘multi-mode’ delivery. The balance in the ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide you increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year. For more information about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus, please see our Covid-19 information for applicants and offer holders page.

We will update our course pages with further details once they are finalised.


The year 1 ancillary options are listed below:

Ancillary Course Summaries

Medicinal Chemistry 1

This course is compulsory for students registered on the F124 and F125 degree programmes but may be taken by the following other programmes: F100, F101, F103, F104, F105, F1NF, FN11.

A minimum of AS-level knowledge of biology will be assumed throughout. It is therefore
recommended that all students coming on to the Medicinal Chemistry course have a good grade at AS-level (preferably A-level) biology. For those without AS-level biology or those wanting to brush-up on their biology, pre-course material will be made available on Blackboard prior to the start of the Medicinal Chemistry course.

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

  1. Protein structure and function. 
  2. Molecular cell biology underpinning drug discovery.
  3. Introduction to medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.
  4. Introduction to physiology and disease.
  5. Enzymes.

Course Coordinators: Dr Simon Gerrard and Dr Charlotte Sutherell

Maths and Physics for Chemists Part 1 (MPC1)

This course is compulsory for students registered on the F1F3 and F1FH degree programmes but may be taken by the following other programmes: F100, F101, F103, F104, F105, F1NF, FN11.

A strong background in Mathematics is essential for this course.

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): review of concepts; series expansions; partial di fferentiation; ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and vector algebra. This provides a good mathemati cal backgro und to students with interests in the fundamental physical basis of chemistry.
  2. Physics (SPRING TERM): basic mechanics, vibrations and waves.

Course Coordinator: Dr. Joao Malhado

Imperial Horizons

Students may choose to take a language from those available via the Horizons programme as an ancillary. Please see the list available here:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/horizons/course-options/first-year-undergraduates/