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Medicinal Chemistry (MSc)

Course Description

The programme will develop discipline specific technical knowledge, understanding and laboratory skills in Medicinal Chemistry as well as placing Medicinal Chemistry within the broader context of drug discovery and its relationships with stakeholders including patients, investors, and governments. Course content is aimed at developing chemistry skills in the context of drug design, for example through lectures and interactive sessions with industry experts, molecular modelling and an extended multidisciplinary project. Interpersonal relations will be developed through group working and an extended project within a School of Chemistry research group. Possibilities of placement abroad are also offered in academic institutions in Europe.

Available modules

Key Skills for Postgraduate Chemists
Practical Medicinal Chemistry
Drug Discovery Chemistry
Drug Targets
Drug Development from Laboratory to Clinic
Techniques in Drug Discovery
Trends in Drug Discovery
Modelling of Biological Macromolecules

Special Features

The programme will be delivered in a flexible and multi-faceted fashion, with learning delivered through lectures, workshops, computer-aided sessions and practical work. An extended project will enable students to put theory into practice, and some projects may be available with industrial partners. Graduates will also develop an appreciation of where Medicinal Chemistry fits into the wider context of drug discovery, business and healthcare.

Visit the Medicinal Chemistry (MSc) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Master's Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

from £3,000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in Chemistry or a related discipline, e.g. Chemical engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biochemistry, with a 1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants with a degree in a subject other than chemistry will be required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key chemical topics prior to an offer being made. Entry to courses in chemistry will be subject to the University requirements for English language.

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