Medicinal Chemistry / Medicinal Chemistry with Management Studies MSc

Why choose this course?

The course emphasises the key skills required in this specialised area of science including computing and statistical skills, data collection, communication skills, time management, organisational and team-working skills.

Kingston University's links with industry provide a practical base for our courses (and complements the practical elements of the curriculum) which is also relevant to professional placement. They also help us to ensure the programme is kept up-to-date and relevant to the workplace.

Students choosing the 'with management studies' pathway will gain an insight into how the business world operates and introduces marketing concepts and people management skills. This will give students specialised knowledge of the techniques and applications relating to medicinal chemistry while building awareness of management in different business/organisational contexts and developing the analytical skills for management decision making.

Medicinal Chemistry MSc

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2022
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2022
Part time 2 years September 2022

Medicinal Chemistry with Management Studies MSc

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2022
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2022
Part time 2 years September 2022

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • You will gain the knowledge and key skills required for a career in medicinal chemistry.
  • You will acquire job-ready skills applying your learning to real-world challenges.
  • Through a research project you will be able to study an area of interest in depth and gain valuable research skills.

What you will study

The aim of the programme is to teach students how medicinal chemistry is used to discover small molecule therapeutics or biologics. Also, it will arm students with critical and technical knowledge of the analysis, development and design of medicines plus related disciplines (such as drug screening and biomarkers). Students will study and explore recent trends in chemical and biological therapeutics and cutting-edge technologies used within the pharmaceutical industry.

Please note: this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

For a student to go on placement they are required to pass every module first time with no reassessments. It is the responsibility of individual students to find a suitable paid placement. Students will be supported by our dedicated placement team in securing this opportunity.

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry with Management Studies

The MSc in Medicinal Chemistry is made up of four taught modules each worth 30 credits and a research project worth 60 credits (180 credits total). All students will be provided with the University regulations. Full details of each module will be provided in module descriptors and on module pages within Canvas.

Core modules

Statistics and Quality Systems

30 credits

The module introduces students to the role of statistics and quality systems in modern analytical science. It demonstrates how a thorough understanding of statistical concepts, the analytical process and the quality systems and quality management paradigms collectively enable the consistent and reliable interpretation of analytical chemical data to support the economic requirements of a business organisation.

Design, Discovery and Development of Pharmaceuticals

30 credits

The module details the synthetic chemistry behind the development of drug molecules and evaluates quantitatively the structure activity effects from pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic perspectives. Advanced experimental techniques in spectroscopy and compound separation will be discussed in the context of drug discovery and development. The module also outlines the process for intellectual property protection and exploitation.

Medicinal Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry

30 credits

The module is intended to allow students to gain knowledge and understanding of how medicinal chemistry is used to discover small molecule therapeutics or biologics. Topics such as computational chemistry, biomarkers and medical imaging also feature in the module. In addition, other study units relevant to the pharmaceutical industry are introduced; for example pharmacodynamics and assay screening techniques.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Analyse key aspects of the development of medicines by studying cutting edge developments in medicinal chemistry.
  • Apply the tools studied in this module to solve drug discovery problems.
Manufacture and Clinical Trials of Medicines

30 credits

This module introduces the student to the different phases and types of clinical trials and the associated legal, regulatory and ethical issues. This includes statistical data analyses and how to manage and review clinical trial data in relation to evidence-based medicine. The technology and application of the manufacture of various medicine formulations are discussed and the place of biotechnological products introduced. The module also covers elements of medicines regulation with particular reference to the UK and European Union. Regulations are dealt with both within a general framework and specific areas including manufacturing, dealing with specialist products, regulation in clinical use, and licensing.

Project

60 credits

This module involves a research- or industry-based in-depth research project. You will develop your ability to critically evaluate your own work as well as the work of others, utilising analytical and laboratory skills.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Prepare a realistic and coherent project proposal, formulate aims and objectives and plan your own time to achieve stated objectives.
  • Critically evaluate the current literature.
  • Carry out appropriate experiments in a safe manner (applying COSHH) and generate reliable data suitably analysed and apply appropriate statistical tests.
  • Communicate the results of the project in a coherent report and in oral and visual manner.

Optional modules

Professional Placement

120 credits

The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a masters programme that incorporates an extended professional placement. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and develops and enhances key employability and subject specific skills in their chosen discipline. Students may wish to use the placement experience as a platform for the major project or future career.

It is the responsibility of individual students to find and secure a suitable placement opportunity; this should not normally involve more than two placements which must be completed over a minimum period of 10 months and within a maximum of 12 months. The placement must be approved by the Course Leader, prior to commencement to ensure its suitability. Students seeking placements will have access to the standard placement preparation activities offered by Student Engagement and Enhancement (SEE) group.

Read more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

For students on the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry with Management Studies route, the programme is also fixed, with four taught 30 credit modules and a research project (which may centre on a business or management theme) worth 60 credits as shown below. This route is available to students starting in September or January.

Core modules

Business in Practice

30 credits

This postgraduate module covers the theory and practice of the business and management needs of students from different academic contexts such as, but not limited to Science, Engineering, Computing and Health Services who are aspiring team leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs in business within the context of the commercial, public, voluntary, or academic sector.

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Investigate business topics ranging from finance, accounting, budgeting, and marketing, to organisational management by developing the leadership skills to meet business challenges and to cope with their complexity.
  • Explain and put into context business concepts to graduates from a variety of sectors including those encompassed by Science, Engineering, Computing and Health Services.
Design, Discovery and Development of Pharmaceuticals

30 credits

The module details the synthetic chemistry behind the development of drug molecules and evaluates quantitatively the structure activity effects from pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic perspectives. Advanced experimental techniques in spectroscopy and compound separation will be discussed in the context of drug discovery and development. The module also outlines the process for intellectual property protection and exploitation.

Medicinal Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry

30 credits

The module is intended to allow students to gain knowledge and understanding of how medicinal chemistry is used to discover small molecule therapeutics or biologics. Topics such as computational chemistry, biomarkers and medical imaging also feature in the module. In addition, other study units relevant to the pharmaceutical industry are introduced; for example pharmacodynamics and assay screening techniques.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Analyse key aspects of the development of medicines by studying cutting edge developments in medicinal chemistry.
  • Apply the tools studied in this module to solve drug discovery problems.
Manufacture and Clinical Trials of Medicines

30 credits

This module introduces the student to the different phases and types of clinical trials and the associated legal, regulatory and ethical issues. This includes statistical data analyses and how to manage and review clinical trial data in relation to evidence-based medicine. The technology and application of the manufacture of various medicine formulations are discussed and the place of biotechnological products introduced. The module also covers elements of medicines regulation with particular reference to the UK and European Union. Regulations are dealt with both within a general framework and specific areas including manufacturing, dealing with specialist products, regulation in clinical use, and licensing.

Project

60 credits

This module involves a research- or industry-based in-depth research project. You will develop your ability to critically evaluate your own work as well as the work of others, utilising analytical and laboratory skills.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Prepare a realistic and coherent project proposal, formulate aims and objectives and plan your own time to achieve stated objectives.
  • Critically evaluate the current literature.
  • Carry out appropriate experiments in a safe manner (applying COSHH) and generate reliable data suitably analysed and apply appropriate statistical tests.
  • Communicate the results of the project in a coherent report and in oral and visual manner.

Optional modules

Professional Placement

120 credits

The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a masters programme that incorporates an extended professional placement. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and develops and enhances key employability and subject specific skills in their chosen discipline. Students may wish to use the placement experience as a platform for the major project or future career.

It is the responsibility of individual students to find and secure a suitable placement opportunity; this should not normally involve more than two placements which must be completed over a minimum period of 10 months and within a maximum of 12 months. The placement must be approved by the Course Leader, prior to commencement to ensure its suitability. Students seeking placements will have access to the standard placement preparation activities offered by Student Engagement and Enhancement (SEE) group.

Read more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

 

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

A BSc Hons 2:2 or equivalent in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science or a related discipline with a significant chemistry component.

International

In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant* you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.

For this course you must pass IELTS academic test in English with an overall score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, or meet the scores listed on the alternative online tests. Please note that we do not accept Standard XII as proof of Academic English.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

* Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Country-specific information

You will find more information on country specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.

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Other

Normally, exemptions from the study of particular modules will only be granted only on the basis of relevant previous study at Masters level (RPL) or through Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). Students wishing to gain admission to the course with advanced standing will be required to provide certificates, a course/module synopsis and a portfolio of evidence of their previous learning or work-based experience. Students who have claimed a Diploma in the field will normally be allowed to apply for admission to MSc in the field provided that they do so within a period not normally exceeding 2 years.

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Medicinal Chemistry MSc

Medicinal Chemistry with Management Studies MSc

Medicinal Chemistry MSc
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 599 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 1201 hours
Medicinal Chemistry with Management Studies MSc
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 586 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 1214 hours

33% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (e.g. test or exam), practical (e.g. presentations, performance) and coursework (e.g. essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this programme is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Medicinal Chemistry MSc

Medicinal Chemistry with Management Studies MSc

Medicinal Chemistry MSc
  • Coursework: 67%
  • Exams: 25%
  • Practical: 8%
Medicinal Chemistry with Management Studies MSc
  • Coursework: 71%
  • Exams: 18%
  • Practical: 11%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Class sizes

­You will be part of an intimate cohort of students which provides dedicated academic guidance and advice as well as the opportunity to build a life-long network of colleagues. Some modules are common across other postgraduate programmes, therefore you may be taught alongside postgraduates from other courses.

Staff teaching on this course

This course is delivered by the School of Life Sciences, and Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

The Faculty's wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covers a diverse range of subject areas, from aerospace to geography; from maths and computing to biotechnology; and many more. Our collaborative set-up provides new opportunities for our students, and we design our courses with industry professionals to ensure you stay up to date with the latest developments.

School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry

The School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry is well known for the high quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate courses. These include full- and part-time foundation programmes.

Excellent facilities support our teaching - students benefit from new, purpose-built laboratories, equipped with state-of-the-art instruments. Strong links with industry and other key sectors ensure our students are well prepared for today's employment market. These include connections with hospitals and community pharmacies, accreditation from industry bodies, and involvement with active research groups.

Postgraduate students may run or assist in lab sessions and may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Course fees and funding

2023/24 fees for this course

Home 2023/24

  • MSc full time £9,860
  • MSc part time £5,423

International 2023/24

  • MSc full time £15,800
  • MSc part time £8,690

2022/23 fees for this course

Home 2022/23

  • MSc full time £9,620
  • MSc part time £5,291

International 2022/23

  • MSc full time £15,400
  • MSc part time £8,470

Fees for the optional placement year

If you choose to take a placement as part of this course, you will be invoiced for the placement fee in Year 2. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme and the costs for the placement year.

Funding and bursaries

Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:

If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.

We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost between £100 and £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston-upon-Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Facilities

There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest equipment, including:

  • the £9.8 million Eadweard Muybridge building with state-of the art laboratories, including labs dedicated to analytical chemistry;
  • new work areas and dedicated laboratories for research;
  • specialist equipment, such as:
    • gas and liquid chromatography
    • electron microscopy
    • a range of spectrometers, including mass spectrometers, infrared spectrometers and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers
    • nuclear science equipment
    • thermal analysis
    • x-ray diffractometers
    • electrochemical analysis;
  • computing laboratories and a team of IT technicians to offer assistance.

Dedicated graduate facilities

In addition, you can use the dedicated Graduate Centre on campus. This includes:

  • additional IT facilities
  • seminar rooms
  • social spaces and a canteen
  • a learning resource centre with specialist libraries.

How we work with industry partners

Our links with industry provide a practical base for our courses. They also help us to ensure your studies are kept up to date and relevant to the working environment.

If you choose to study this course, you will benefit from:

  • real-world experience thanks to your MSc project, which you can undertake either:
    • in industry – past students have undertaken project placements in the pharmaceutical industry, forensic labs, analytical consultancies, hospital labs and research labs – or
    • as collaborative research with other laboratories;
  • the latest views from visiting speakers – such as Vicki Barwick from LGC (an independent chemical analysis lab) and Stephen Paton from global pharmaceutical  company Ely Lilley
  • industry visits, such as to Cancer Research UK or the Clinical Trials Laboratories Service.

Current research in this subject

Many of our staff in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing are research active. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies.

Research in the Faculty is organised into several research areas, including the Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Group (BPSRG). This is an interdisciplinary group shared by Kingston University and St George's, University of London in which research is organised into the following themes:

  • parasitology and microbiology
  • haematology/immunology/cancer biology
  • biomedical, pharmaceutical and instrumental analyses
  • medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry
  • clinical pharmacy and advanced drug delivery
  • nutrition/exercise and sports science.