Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons) - 2022/3

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Chemistry
DipHE Chemistry
CertHE Chemistry

Professional recognition

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time UCJ10005 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits
Full-time with PTY UCJ10005 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Chemistry (Bachelor)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Chemistry

Programme Leader

TURNER Scott (Chst Chm Eng)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To prepare students for possible careers as professional chemists in industry, as academic researchers and for a wide range of related professions requiring critical, analytical and investigative skills.
  • To give students a well-grounded understanding of investigative concepts and methods.
  • To give students a well-grounded understanding of chemical theories, the analytical tools necessary to evaluate and conduct chemical research, the capacity to initiate independent thought and enquiry, and the confidence and knowledge to apply these skills in their careers after graduation.
  • To develop appropriate practical skills taking into account an awareness of health and safety issues.
  • To provide students with a well-founded education in the principles of chemistry, which reflects the QAA subject benchmark statement for Chemistry (2014) and provides access to qualified membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry and forms a basis for partially satisfying the academic requirements for the Chartered Chemist award through further study or continuing professional development.
  • To provide students with a range of key and transferable skills, integrated into the subject material, including team-working, information technology, communication and problem solving.
  • To provide students with a knowledge of techniques, substances and molecular structures that are important in treatment and diagnosis of disease.
  • To provide students with an opportunity to work for a year on placement in an industrial or related working environment. (4-year programme only)
  • To enhance students employment potential by encouraging them to put their subject knowledge into practice, enhance their problem-solving and analytical skills, and further develop transferable skills within a working environment. (4-year programme only)

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Demonstrate a knowledge of chemistry as an empirical science K
Appreciate the relevance of chemistry to real problems in professional and employment settings K
Understand and demonstrate an understanding of the major theories and principles in the core areas of chemistry K
Develop and understanding of the concepts of medicinal chemistry in the context of diagnosis and treatment of disease, with reference to recent developments in the pharmaceutical industry K
Assemble/generate data from a variety of sources and discern and establish connections C
Synthesise, analyse and evaluate primary and secondary data from a variety of sources C
Conduct and report an individual chemical study (through the practical modules and empirical research project) C
Use and develop various experimental techniques P
Interpret quantitative and qualitative data P
Analyse, define and develop generic learning skills for independent problem solving T
Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means T
Learn to work independently or as a member of a team as appropriate to a problem T
Work effectively in small groups towards a common goal T
Use up to date information technology as appropriate T
Develop the ability to promote oneself through maintenance of professional development profiles and current CV T
Be self-motivated with the ability to study independently T
Solve problems efficiently and sensibly T
Apply basic statistical and numerical skills to physicochemical data T
Work effectively and efficiently in a work environment, employing and developing subject and transferable skills learnt in first two years of the programme, acquiring knowledge of new techniques as appropriate T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the optional professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year

Module code Module title Status Credits Semester

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

At Levels 4-6 students cover compulsory modules that address the RSC core curriculum requirements and the national subject benchmark statements for bachelors┬┐ training in Chemistry. It also contains compulsory modules on aspects of Medicinal Chemistry in each academic year of study. Certain modules require pre-requisites for study at higher levels. The final year project is worth 45 credits at Level 6 and is taken across two semesters.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.