What will I learn?

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry is concerned with understanding biological mechanisms and processes at the level of the atoms and molecules involved. In doing so, alongside the tools of synthetic chemistry and genetic manipulation, we can design and deliver pharmaceutical interventions. You will learn how breakthroughs in the understanding of the molecular basis of diseases are being combined with cross-disciplinary advances in:* chemistry* biology* nanotechnology In addition, you will understand how these advances are helping to create new generations of innovative therapeutics. The programme teaches a thorough understanding of the diverse range of molecules and macromolecules needed to build a living organism, including their:* structures* properties* syntheses (in the lab and in vivo)You will learn how biological molecules cooperate in finely tuned networks and pathways or are organised into:* macromolecular complexes* membranes* organelles* cells* tissuesThis degree programme provides the intellectual framework for understanding this topic, building upon a solid foundation in chemistry and cell and molecular biology - from the fundamentals to the frontiers of current research.

Which department am I in?

School of Chemistry

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£30,400.00 (US$ 40,533) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

12 September 2022


Central area campus

George Square,


Edinburgh, City Of,

EH8 9JZ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum entry requirements in the standardised tests are: ACT score of 27 plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+; SAT score of 1290+ (650+ in Evidence based reading and Writing and 620+ in Math) plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+; 3 AP scores at 4+; 3 SAT Subject Test scores of 650+; A combination of the AP and SAT, such as 1 AP score at 4+ and 2 SAT Subject Tests at 650+. A combination of AP and SAT Subject tests are acceptable, provided they are in different subjects. For example, AP French and SAT Physics are acceptable as two scores, but AP French and SAT French are only considered once. Students with International Baccalaureate or French Baccalaureate will be considered. The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma is accepted for entry. The Diploma must include three Cambridge International A Levels achieved with points equivalent to the A Level grade requirements for the programme including required subjects. Many of our degree programmes require that you have some experience of the subject at high school. This means that one or more of your three standardised test scores must include specific subject requirements, such as an AP score or SAT subject test in a certain subject relevant to the degree you are applying to. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate degree programmes.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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