Taught course

Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry

University of Glasgow · School of Chemistry

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2.1 Honours degree in chemistry (or equivalent). International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry will extend your depth and breadth of knowledge in all branches of chemistry, but with some specialisation in medicinal chemistry, suitable for a professional medicinal chemist capable of conducting research.

Why Glasgow?

· The School of Chemistry is a member of ScotCHEM that brings together seven Universities in Scotland. ScotCHEM is committed to excellence and to providing the highest quality postgraduate education and researcher experience.

· You will benefit from our links with industrial scientists, often from pharmaceutical companies, who regularly visit the School of Chemistry to give presentations.

· The umbrella structure of ScotCHEM encompasses WestCHEM, a dynamic research environment which links the chemistry research schools of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.

· You will undertake a research project embedded within one of our internationally-leading research groups, and supplemented by specialist lecture courses.

· You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, advanced data analysis, problem-solving, preparing and presenting oral and poster presentations, critical evaluation of scientific literature, advanced laboratory and computing skills, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences.

· Our Masters programmes will, therefore, provide an excellent foundation for any kind of career of scientific leadership in academia and industry.

Programme Structure

From September to March, you will attend lectures and tutorials. You will undertake a 12-week research project from June to August, which will provide practical application and consolidation of earlier work and enhance your ability to do independent work and present results effectively.

Core courses

· Inorganic, organic and physical chemistry

· Medicinal chemistry

· Frontiers of chemistry

· Chemistry problems.

· Special topics from inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry


· You will have access to the School’s PGR research that is current and exciting within Scotland, and that is linked closely with industry through its membership in ScotCHEM and WestCHEM.

· You must carry out a 3 month full-time project (June-August) alongside one of the research groups within the School. You will experience complete integration, and share the daily life and experience of a researcher. You will have the opportunity to work on a piece of substantially independent research.

Projects are assessed by the following criteria:

· Practical performance: Diligence and effort; background reading and literature research; group participation, communication with peers/supervisor; ability to handle new concepts and techniques; efficiency and effectiveness; methodical in approach to work; initiative and independence; response to problems/difficulties encountered.

· Written thesis: Clarity, logical arrangement and organisation of material; suitability of data presentation; correct use of references; appropriate background material; grasp of theoretical background; clear description of experimental techniques; correct inferences drawn from data; unbiased appraisal of data; appreciation of experimental limitations; ability to rationalise results and take an overview; assessment of strengths/weaknesses of investigative approach used.

Please find below some recent example project titles:

· The Synthesis and Investigative Analysis of Phenanthridinium-Based Compounds as Potential Sensors (Professor Cronin)

· Toward the Synthesis of the 7-Deoxy Taxol ABC Tricycle (Dr Prunet)

· A Computational Study of Pd-catalyzed Heterocyclization/Allylation (Dr Senn)

· Synthesis of Heterocyclic Compounds from Nitrogen-Containing Substrates using Palladium Catalysis (Dr France)

· Organocatalytic Synthesis of Furans with Tandem [4+3] Cycloaddition Reactions (Professor Clarke)

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Stephen Sproules