Year 1 – Level 4
Introduction to Physical Chemistry and Thermodynamics (20 credits)
This module will provide you with an understanding about basic chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics, which are key questions as to whether a chemical reaction is likely to occur or not and its rate.
General Chemistry (20 credits)
This module builds upon the topics first encountered in the Fundamental Chemistry Theory and Practical module, developing knowledge in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry as well as developing further key laboratory skills.
Fundamental Chemistry Theory and Practical (20 credits)
This module introduces chemistry as a subject and covers key chemical concepts such as: atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, bonding, stoichiometry, acid-base reactions, redox reactions and introduction to organic chemistry. In addition, the large practical content of this module will also develop basic chemistry laboratory skills
Mathematics and Computing (20 credits)
This module is designed to provide you with the mathematics knowledge and skills required for a successful transition to degree-level study in disciplines related to the chemical and biological sciences as well as to develop the techniques necessary to handle quantitative data analysis. Central to the first aim will be introducing the powerful statistical programming language, R, which is critical to current approaches to handling/analysing data. This module will enable you to become comfortable with the console-based software and to use it for their statistical and data display needs.
Introduction to Drug Discovery (40 credits)
The module aims to develop an overview of the fundamental topics within the drug discovery and development process. It will provide you with a working knowledge of the development, approval, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products and will form the basis for more advanced study in future modules.
Year 2 – Level 5
Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (20 credits)
This module builds upon the Level 4 chemistry modules exploring those topics in greater depth. The inorganic chemistry component will examine both main group and transition metal chemistry while the organic chemistry component will cover the synthesis, structure and reactive mechanisms found in carbon-based compounds.
Enzymology and Kinetics (20 credits)
This module explores enzymes and enzyme function, inhibition and regulation in detail. Topics include reaction steady state, enzyme inhibition, auto association, allosteric regulation and the application of enzymes in an industrial setting.
Analytical Chemistry (20 credits)
This module aims to familiarise you with up-to-date techniques used to identify and understand physical and chemical properties of matter. Analytical techniques covered will include gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, atomic absorption/emission spectroscopy and ion chromatography.
Topics in Drug Discovery (40 credits)
Building upon the Level 4 module: Topics in Drug Discovery, this module covers in greater detail key pharmaceutical topics such as structure activity relationships and pharmacokinetics . In addition to the subject-specific learning and practical skills obtained, the project-based format of this module encourages teamwork, group problem solving and the development of desirable professional skills and attributes.
Year 3 - Level 6
Applied Biological Chemistry (20 credits)
This module builds upon the level 5 analytical chemistry module by aiming to familiarise you with up-to-date techniques used to purify and characterise biomolecules (including DNA, lipids, secondary metabolites, proteins, carbohydrates), giving you valuable hands-on experience alongside the fundamentals of the analytical sciences.
Major Therapeutic Areas (20 credits)
This module examines several key therapeutic areas for which there is, or projected to be, a demand for the development of new drugs and therapies. The molecular and biological causes of each area will be discussed together with the associated social and medical challenges faced by society and the pharmaceutical industry respectively.
Advanced Synthesis with Pharmaceutical Applications (20 credits)
This module covers the synthesis of a selection of natural products and pharmaceuticals using synthetic organic chemistry. Each of the chemicals synthesized will demonstrate a certain concept, which will be explained and illustrated in the synthesis example. The examples used will include currently available drugs such as HIV protease inhibitors and statins.
Biotechnology for Drug Discovery (20 credits)
This module investigates the biological and bioengineering principles underlying the development, synthesis, production and purification of biomolecules as therapeutics. Topics covered will range from biological considerations affecting the eventual product (such as post-translational processing and secretion), to host expression choice, in vitro cultivation, bioreactor design and control, protein recovery and purification and determination of final yield and costs. Practical sessions will be employed to illustrate key steps within the production and purification process.
Research Project in Drug Discovery (40 credits)
The module aims to provide you with a degree of autonomy in your learning by giving you an opportunity to pursue in depth a study of a topic of your own choice or that related to an industrial partner. In doing so, you should gain practice at organising your thinking in a scientific context, increase your confidence in your ability to deal with scientific problems and issues and gain valuable practical experience in modern biochemical research techniques. In particular, it aims to foster and cultivate a questioning approach to science and scientific method.
Likely optional modules
Year 2 – Level 5
Molecular Biology (20 credits)
This module will build upon the fundamental knowledge gained during the level 4 modules to provide an in depth perspective of the theory, practical and commercial applications of molecular biology. The practical emphasis of this module permits your to develop a range of fundamental molecular biology techniques which are not only essential for studying biomolecules within a laboratory research setting, but also highly desirable for future employability.
Placement Module (20 credits)
This module provides you with the opportunity to develop key skills and experience while working in a commercial environment. You will develop critical reflection skills as they review their own competencies and development requirements.