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MChem (Hons) Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (with a year in York)
MChem (Hons) Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (with a year in York)

MChem (Hons) Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (with a year in York)

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

A levels, AAB including A in Chemistry plus two other sciences/mathematics

  • AAA including A in Chemistry plus one other science/mathematics

  • A*AA including A in Chemistry

We accept the following science/mathematics subjects: Biology, Electronics, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.

Access to Higher Education Diploma, 39 credits at Distinction including at least 15 in Chemistry-related units, 15 in a second Science (Biology, Mathematics or Physics) and 6 at Merit or higher.

BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDD and an additional A level or equivalent qualification in Chemistry

Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2 including D3 in Chemistry and two other sciences/mathematics or D3, D3, D3 including D3 in Chemistry and one other science/mathematics or D2, D3, D3 including D3 in Chemistry.

European Baccalaureate, 80% overall, including a minimum grade of 85% in Chemistry

International Baccalaureate, 35 points including grade 6 in both Chemistry and another science/mathematics at Higher Level, or 36 points including grade 6 in Chemistry at Higher Level and grade 6 in at least one other science/mathematics at Standard Level

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components

Course Information

Chemistry is often referred to as the 'central science'. It covers topics as diverse as quantum mechanics and the study of atomic particles, to the molecular nature of biological systems and the Human Genome Project.

This degree will give you a strong grounding in fundamental chemistry. You'll also develop specialist knowledge of chemistry for biology and medicine, from the use of powerful microscopes to investigate the causes of genetic disease to exploring new treatments for cancer.

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Year 1

You will take a set of core modules, each of which integrates the major areas of Chemistry: organic, inorganic, physical, theoretical, analytical and biological.

You'll begin with themes of structure and bonding, and chemical change and reactivity, with practical courses complementing the lectures, and then take interdisciplinary modules that introduce key chemical principles in the areas of spectroscopic analysis, bonding and chemical change, and chemical reactivity and mechanisms.

You will carry out experiments in analytical and physical chemistry, and a two-week integrated chemistry project as an introduction to research.

Core modules

Recent examples include:

  • Core 1: Fundamentals of Chemistry 

  • Core 2: Chemical Properties and Analysis 

  • Core 3: Molecules and Reactions 

  • Year 1 Practical Chemistry 

  • Skills for Chemists 

Year 2

A significant proportion of your second year is made up of core Chemistry modules and practical work which is common to all our Chemistry courses. Your specialist module Genes and Proteins provides a detailed overview of molecular biology – a field which over the last 50 years has transformed biological chemistry.

Core modules

Recent examples include:

  • Core 4a: Molecules in Action 

  • Core 4b: Theory, Analysis and Mechanisms 

  • Core 5: Reactivity 

  • Core 6: Spectroscopy and Chemistry 

Specialist module

  • Genes to Proteins 

Year 3

You will continue your studies through a series of core modules in advanced inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The specialist module Chemistry and Disease covers some key aspects of medicinal chemistry and biomedicine to build advanced theoretical and applied knowledge for chemists and biochemists.

You will also take option modules, to complement your core learning or branch out into new areas of chemistry.

Core modules

Recent examples include:

  • Core 7: Advanced Concepts

  • Core 8: Synthesis and Structures

  • Core 9: Compounds and Materials

  • Advanced Practical Research Training 

Specialist module

  • Chemistry and Disease 

Option modules

Recent examples include:

  • Synthesis: from Nature to the Lab 

  • Chemical Biology and Molecular Interactions 

  • Chemical Theory and Computation 

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry 

  • Bioinspired Chemistry 

  • Lasers in Chemistry 

Year 4

You'll spend your final year working on a research project in one of our laboratories. You will have access to the state-of-the-art instrumentation that our department has to offer.

Core modules

Recent examples include:

  • Advanced Research project (York) 

  • Literature review skills 

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Innovative medicines graduate

  • Fuels technology chemist

  • Production chemist engineer

  • Products research scientist

  • Business services graduate

  • Auditor

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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