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  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: MSc 1 year, PgDip/PGCert 9 months

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    2016/17: Scotland/EU £5,000; Rest of UK £6,000; International £17,500

Course content

Why this course?

This course gives you the practical skills and knowledge to design and synthesise molecules that have therapeutic actions within the body.

The ultimate aim is to invent more selective and safer drugs to fight and cure disease. We also want to fully exploit the opportunities from identification of genes associated with a range of cancers, inherited disorders and agents of disease.

Specialist classes focus on:
- disease targets
- design of selectively-acting prototype drugs
- synthetic and mimetic strategies in producing drug prototypes
- the refinement of activity when a promising compound is identified

Case studies of well-known drugs are used to illustrate the principles.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/medicinalchemistry/

You’ll study

The course consists of three theory and three practical modules running between October and April. These are followed by exams. If you pass all exams and want to proceed to MSc you’ll undertake a 10-week research project and submit a thesis at the end of August.


The Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry carries out world-leading research with modern state-of-the-art facilities. You’ll have access to the full range of analytical instrumentation used in the pharmaceutical industry:
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
- Ultra-Violet (UV)
- Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR_FTIR)
- High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
- Gas Chromatography (GC)
- Liquid Chromatograph/Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC/GC-MS)
- X-ray crystallography

Teaching staff

Course material is taught by experts based in the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry and the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.

There’s additional specialised lectures from visiting professors and world-renowned scientists who are working in the pharmaceutical industry.

English language requirements

English language minimum IELTS 6.5.
We offer a range of English Language course for students who wish to improve their English. Module 3 is free of charge to all applicants and we strongly recommend all international students to take advantage of this free course. This is an excellent way to not only improve your English but to get to know Glasgow and the University and make new friends.
We also offer comprehensive English Language pre-sessional and Foundation courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.5.
For students with IELTS of 6.0, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 2 and 3 of Pre-sessional English.
For students with IELTS of 5.5, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 1, 2 and 3 of Pre-sessional English.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

Teaching of theory and applications is through lectures and tutorials. The material is further reinforced with practical sessions, which provide hands-on experience with a wide range of modern instrumental techniques.


Assessment is through both written and practical exams and submission of a thesis (MSc students only).


Graduates from this course will be ideal for positions in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries or may continue their studies into PhD research.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

Visit the Medicinal Chemistry (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!




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