Research course

Medicinal Chemistry and Structural Biology

University of Nottingham · School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The discovery and development of new drugs has been revolutionised over the last two decades by advances in synthetic chemistry coupled with the development of molecular and structural biology. The Medicinal Chemistry and Structural Biology division in the School of Pharmacy provides a unique multidisciplinary environment for PhD study, giving graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds in the physical and life sciences the opportunity to contribute to the development of new treatments for many different diseases. Working in this group allows students to work with those with a proven track record in taking new molecules from discovery to clinical trials, and on to the market.

Ongoing research themes within the group include: combinatorial chemistry; cancer chemotherapy; computational chemistry; novel biomolecules from microbial sources; x-ray crystallography; protein structure elucidation and the generation of new compounds targeted towards specific molecular entities or cells. The division is well equipped to undertake cutting-edge medicinal chemistry and structural biology research and houses state-of-the-art equipment within the purpose built Centre for Biomolecular Sciences.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) for clinical projects and 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element) for science projects. Further information regarding funding opportunities can be obtained from the International Office.

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Pharmacy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Prof Barrie Kellam
+44 (0)115 9513026