Taught course

Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry

Loughborough University · Department of Chemistry

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry programme will provide you with training in pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, drug synthesis, and methods to identify potential drug targets and drug candidates, and methods, to assess the biological activities of drug compounds.

The MSc in Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry is your opportunity to specialise in this fascinating and vitally important field that focuses on the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances, including the development of safe and effective drugs.

Working in our state-of-the-art laboratories and taught by academic staff who are active in research, you will enjoy access to a broad range of scientific instrumentation including: 400 MHz, 500 MHz, solid-state and benchtop NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers, a high resolution inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer, GC-MS and linear ion trap LC-mass spectrometers, ion mobility spectrometers, gas and liquid chromatographs and tunable nanopore sensors.

You will also benefit from our new £17 million STEMLab, offering the most advanced and up-to-date laboratories for students across a range of disciplines and further investment in laboratory space scheduled to open in 2018.

There is a Research Training Project, which is based either on placement in industry or with a research group in the Chemistry Department. The projects commence in May and continue through until September.

Information for international students

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more on our English language requirements page.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

Fees and funding

For fees and funding information please look at our website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 - 60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    One year full-time study leading to a MSc degree. Study on a part-time basis (over 2-5 years), leading to the award of a postgraduate certificate, diploma or MSc degree.

Course contact details

+44(0)1509 222685