What will I learn?

Our MChem degree in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry is designed to equip you with the skills needed to work in the pharmaceutical industry and allied sectors while also developing your scientific research skills.Research in chemistry plays a vital role in the understanding of disease and the development of effective medicines. The search for new drugs to tackle cancer, heart disease and infections reamins an important challenge at the forefront of medical research. Advances in global healthcare rely on highly skilled graduates with research skills and a strong background in organic chemistry, coupled with a broad understanding of pharmacology and related biochemical areas.The MChem in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry makes ideal preparation for students keen to contribute to the drug discovery and development of the future or who have an interest in industrial or academic research.MChem Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry provides you with the opportunity to study chemistry as a major subject along with subjects allied to the medical and pharmaceutical industries. For instance, in year one you will develop a sound understanding of the core chemistry principles, while in year two you will deepen your knowledge of the principles of biological chemistry with an emphasis on topics which are relevant to the medical and pharmaceutical industry. The biological modules do not depend on having a background in biology.In year three further advanced topics relevant to medicinal and biological chemistry are studied and two investigative projects are undertaken. You will also carry out an in-depth literature review of a key topic, leading to specialised knowledge in a particular field.In the final year of the MChem you will further develop the skills required for original scientific research by conducting your dissertation and an extended research project.Across the duration of your undergraduate studies you will gain practical hands-on laboratory experience in our state-of-the-art STEMLab facilities. You have the opportunity to add further value to your time at Loughborough by spending a placement year in industry gaining highly sought-after workplace experience or by exploring options for study abroad. As a student of chemistry at Loughborough you will benefit from high levels of pastoral support, a peer-mentoring scheme, and the compelling insights of our renowned academic staff, many of whom are active in research with far-reaching impact.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (5 Years)

Tuition fees
£25,700.00 (US$ 34,833) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 October 2022


Main Site

Ashby Road,



LE11 3TU, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

AAA including Maths and either Computing, Computer Science, Electronics, Engineering, Further Maths or Physics

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


About Loughborough University

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