Newcastle University

Newcastle University

Drug Chemistry

This course provides advanced training in modern organic and medicinal chemistry from conception to production of novel drugs. It enables students to understand and experience the way modern small molecule medicine is developing. Students will gain hands-on experience of working within a medicinal chemistry team during your research project. The course is suitable for those who have a background in the chemical or pharmaceutical sciences. Themes include drug design, metabolism and toxicology with an understanding of synthetic organic chemistry. Building on University research strengths, specialist topics include bio-imaging and modern approaches to chemotherapy. Students will develop expertise in drug design as practised in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 BSc Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a chemistry related subject, such as: biochemistry; chemical technology; applied chemistry; industrial chemistry. We also consider applicants whose undergraduate degree included a significant element of organic chemistry, such as: pharmacology; pharmacy; pharmaceutical sciences; medicine; veterinary science; biology; biomedical sciences; zoology; microbiology; biotechnology; genetics. Applicants with lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require an overall IELTS score of 6.0.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU North East

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Key information

School of Chemistry
Telephone number: 
0191 208 7321