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MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

Course Description

MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

This masters course enables you to study aspects of medicinal chemistry that explore the links between disease, mechanisms of action and the development of safe, effective commercial drugs at postgraduate level. You have the opportunity to 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 postgraduate study.

The MSc includes taught modules and a project module which gives you the opportunity to explore a topic in further depth, and to undertake a substantial piece of independent research based on the knowledge and skills you will have developed in the taught modules.

Career relevance

Completing this qualification will equip you with key transferable skills which will be relevant to your career and 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 also 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, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

The qualification will develop your independent learning skills, enhance your skills in locating information and communicating 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.

Visit the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry page on the Open University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To register on this MSc you must, normally, hold an honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in science or a science-related subject. If you believe you have other study or experience that equips you to study for this qualification you must supply evidence of that study or experience. Your case will be referred to the MSc in Science Admissions Panel. Good computing skills are required. All teaching is in English and we strongly recommend that you have achieved an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7.

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