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Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Study Abroad), MChem (Hons)

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Study Abroad), MChem (Hons) - at Newcastle University

Course Overview

This professionally accredited MChem degree includes a year of advanced study at Master's level and a year studying abroad in North America, Europe or Asia.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
MChem Honours

Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points

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It equips you with a thorough understanding of all the main areas of chemistry, alongside in-depth knowledge of those aspects of chemistry that are important to the pharmaceutical industry.

In your third year you have the opportunity to study chemistry at one of our partner universities overseas.

You'll then return to Newcastle for your fourth year, taking advanced modules that can prepare you for a career in research, such as:

  • advanced methods in drug discovery
  • organic synthesis for drug targets
  • further organic and inorganic chemistry

Supported by our research-active staff, you also conduct an extended research project in an area of chemistry of your choice, contributing to knowledge at the cutting edge of the field.

Highlights of this degree

Quality and ranking

Quality and ranking

The quality of the chemistry study experience at Newcastle is recognised with an overall satisfaction score of 94% in the National Student Survey 2016.

Professional accreditation

Professional accreditation


This degree is professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Studying an RSC-accredited degree satisfies the academic requirements for the award of Chartered Chemist (CChem) and leads, upon application, to full membership of the RSC on graduation. 

Find out more on the Royal Society of Chemistry's website.

BSc or MChem?

All of our degrees satisfy the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) requirements for professional accreditation

Students who are planning for a career in chemical research in industry or academia, or who may wish to study for a higher qualification such as a PhD, are encouraged to apply for an MChem degree.

Our MChem degrees last four years and provide a more in-depth study of chemistry than our BSc degrees. They also include a research project in the fourth year, which gives you experience of working in a research environment.

What you will study

What you will study

First year

All of our chemistry degrees share the same first year, building on your existing knowledge. The high level of shared content means transfer between our degrees is usually possible if you want to (depending on academic performance). 

During the first year you'll cover:

  • general chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • physical chemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • biological and medicinal chemistry
  • analytical chemistry

Second and third year

You continue to build on your knowledge of organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and structural chemistry. You take a group assignment module and create a learning pack, developing your transferable skills. An advanced laboratory course develops your skills to professional level. You undertake an independent research literature project.

You study a range of specialist topics related to medicinal chemistry, such as:

  • cancer chemotherapy
  • practical medicinal chemistry
  • toxicology
  • enzymology

You spend your third year studying chemistry at one of our partner institutions abroad. We have partners in:

  • Europe
  • North America
  • the Far East

The year abroad is assessed on the basis of a research project you conduct while overseas. You also take distance learning modules in advanced organic and inorganic chemistry.

Fourth year 

Your fourth year includes an extended research project, developing your professional level research skills.

You also take a range of advanced modules in medicinal chemistry, including advanced methods in drug discovery - see the Course Details.

Facilities and support

You will be part of the School of Chemistry, which is based in the Bedson Building. 


We have some of the highest specification laboratory facilities in the country, including:

  • a state-of-the-art £2.8m synthetic teaching laboratory
  • £1.9m chemistry research laboratory
  • £750,000 refurbishment of the physical chemistry teaching laboratory
  • specialist computer facilities and refurbished lecture theatres

Take a virtual tour of our facilities.


You'll receive a welcome pack worth about £200 to help you get started, including textbooks, calculator, lab coat,  chemical drawing software and a molecular modelling kit.

You'll be supported by a personal tutor throughout your degree

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB
IB: 35 points

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