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QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) BSc in Medicinal Chemistry
QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)

BSc in Medicinal Chemistry

Belfast, United Kingdom

3 Years


Full time

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EUR 4,710



Medicinal chemists have been responsible for many of our modern medicines. Their central contribution to developing new therapeutic agents against microbial infections, cancer, and heart disease has helped to significantly increase worldwide life expectancy. They are experts - with extensive knowledge of molecular design, drug synthesis, and the biological function of drugs.

Four-year MChem degrees and five-year MChem (with a Year in Industry) degrees are available for high-caliber students with the ability and aspiration to practice Medicinal Chemistry at the highest levels. BSc Medicinal students with excellent performance may transfer to the MChem up to the end of Stage 3.

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Chemistry in Ireland.

Students in the Medicinal Chemistry program at Queen’s receive multidisciplinary training at the interface of chemistry and biology which covers the core divisions of chemistry as well as biochemistry, microbiology, and drug design.

On the BSc in Medicinal Chemistry, we do this by providing a range of learning experiences that enable our students to engage with subject experts and develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society. We make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library to enhance their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Examples of the opportunities provided for learning in this course are:

Directed self-study

This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading and preparation for semi-seminars/tutorial siting of laboratory reports can be completed. You are encouraged to undertake private reflection on feedback, and at the later stages undertake independent research using the primary literature to support project work and critically review taught course material.

E-Learning technologies

Information associated with lectures and assignments is typically communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Canvas. Opportunities to use IT programs associated with data manipulation and presentation are embedded in the practicals and the project-based work.


Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, and gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year-group peers).

Personal Tutor

Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Levels 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic and professional development through the discussion of selected topics


These are essential to the training in this laboratory-based subject area. You will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. Most of the core taught modules at Stages 1 and 2 have practical components associated with them, whilst Stage 3 has a double-weighted practical module. Typically at stage 1, you would be in the lab for two afternoons, and in stages 2 to 3 it is two full days per week.


Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 6-10 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them, and to assess their progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups as well as use them as a route to provide individual feedback.


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