Taught course

Medicinal Chemistry

University of Strathclyde · Department of Chemistry, Pure and Applied Chemistry

Entry requirements

Minimum second class BSc Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry or related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc course will train a new generation of biologically and pharmaceutically-aware graduates who can design and synthesize molecules that have therapeutic actions within the body. Their mission is to invent more selective and safer drugs to fight and cure disease. There is an urgent need to keep society protected from threats, such as HIV, SARS, new types of flu and antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ like MRSA. We also want to exploit fully the opportunities from identification of genes associated with a range of cancers, inherited disorders and agents of disease.

Specialist classes focus on disease targets, design of selectively-acting prototype drugs, synthetic and mimetic strategies in producing drug prototypes, and the refinement of activity when a promising compound is identified. Case studies of well-known drugs are used to illustrate the principles. Students will also receive training in relevant practical areas and will then complete a research project.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Dr Debra Willison
0141 548 3281