Taught course

Medicinal Chemistry

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

Entry requirements

A first or upper or lower second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in chemistry or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This course gives you the practical skills and knowledge to design and synthesise molecules that have therapeutic actions within the body.

The ultimate aim is to invent more selective and safer drugs to fight and cure disease. We also want to fully exploit 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
  • the refinement of activity when a promising compound is identified
  • Case studies of well-known drugs are used to illustrate the principles.

For more information please see the course page.

Information for international students

English language minimum IELTS 6.5.

We offer a range of English Language course for students who wish to improve their English. Module 3 is free of charge to all applicants and we strongly recommend all international students to take advantage of this free course. This is an excellent way to not only improve your English but to get to know Glasgow and the University and make new friends.

We also offer comprehensive English Language pre-sessional and Foundation courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.5.

For students with IELTS of 6.0, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 2 and 3 of Pre-sessional English.

For students with IELTS of 5.5, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 1, 2 and 3 of Pre-sessional English.

Please see ELT for full details.

Fees and funding

UK students
Scotland £5,000 Rest of UK £6,000
International students
EU £5,000 Non EU £18,000

Please see the website and scholarship search.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry
0141 548 2019