BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry with Study Abroad
|Typical offer||A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34; BTEC D*DD-DDD|
- Learn how the fundamentals of biology and chemistry are applied to medical science
- Gain insight into how new drugs are designed
- Work in state-of-the art facilities and carry out challenging independent research
This four-year version of the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry degree includes a year studying abroad, between the second and final years. In this third year you study in a university with which we have established links, for example in North America or Australia, and credit for this academic work counts towards your degree at Exeter.
The degree provides training in both biological sciences and chemistry and shows how this multidisciplinary area relates to aspects of medicine and drug design. The first year provides an excellent grounding in all three branches of chemistry – inorganic, organic and physical. Organic chemistry remains a key element in subsequent years of the programme, with an emphasis being the clear link between chemistry and biological sciences. The level and breadth of coverage of organic chemistry is comparable with that normally encountered in a Single Honours BSc Chemistry programme.
The second and final years provide you with a wide range of module choice allowing further specialisation in chemistry, forensic science, cell biology, molecular biology and genomics, and biotechnology, alongside core topics including pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and drug design.
This degree leads to many career opportunities in pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnological and other industries as well as medically-related employment and further study.
In contrast to the majority of Biological and Medicinal Chemistry courses, the balance of ‘biology’ and ‘chemistry’ in the courses at the University of Exeter is strongly in favour of the former and are taught within a single life sciences College. This means that Exeter students get a good grounding in chemistry – more than adequate – but it doesn’t dominate the degrees. As such, the biological relevance of molecular science perhaps becomes more apparent more quickly. For students who aspire to go on to a PhD in biomedical research, this combination is extremely useful.
Professor Rob Field, External Assessor for the BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry degrees at the University of Exeter.
This course was in a unique position of being chemistry based but being part of the Biosciences department. As a result, the teaching was fantastic. The fundamental chemistry was taught in small groups with expert lecturers.
I have now moved into an engineering environment which requires a number of different disciplines. I have used my biology knowledge, chemistry knowledge and some of the engineering and business concepts that I picked up through my year in industry.
Ruth Rowland Jones, graduate.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.
You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.
You may take elective modules outside of the programme up to 30 credits in Stages 2 and 4 of the programme as long as you have obtained the explicit permission of the Programme Director, any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.
Entry requirements 2019
A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34; BTEC D*DD-DDD
GCE AL Biology grade B or IB Biology HL5, plus GCE AL Chemistry at AL grade B or IB HL5. GCSE Maths at grade B or 5 and either GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Chemistry at grade C or 4.
International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programme for Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts. Learning and teaching is through lectures, seminars, tutorials, field work, laboratory sessions and independent study with internationally recognised, research-active staff. You will have the opportunity to undertake challenging independent research projects dealing with questions and issues at the cutting edge of life science research. Regular research seminars, by our staff and visiting lecturers, bring you the latest issues on a wide range of research topics.
Our staff have close links with a wide range of industrial, medical and conservation organisations, with whom there may be the chance to collaborate for your final year research project. Many of our students also work with these organisations during their vacations.
We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums.
We pride ourselves on providing a very high standard of care and support to our students. You will have a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.
Assessment methods vary depending on your choice of modules, but are likely to include examinations and coursework-based assessment.
You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. The assessments in the second, third and fourth years contribute to your final degree classification.
Research indicates that 64% of employers consider an international experience important for recruitment and report that graduates with an international background are given greater responsibility more frequently. 92% of employers involved in a study conducted in 2014* indicated that they look for skills such as openness to and curiosity about new challenges, problem-solving and decision-making skills, confidence, tolerance towards other personal values and behaviours. The research revealed that studying abroad had a positive impact on the development of these skills and concluded that the employability and competences of students greatly benefit from mobility.
If you choose to take the four year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree, you have the option to spend your third year abroad, studying in a university with which we have established links: you can find a complete list of International Exchange partner universities on the International Exeter website (click on the College of Life and Environmental Sciences link).
What happens to my marks?
Credit for academic work during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between the University of Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree at Exeter.
Transferring to a Study Abroad programme
If you are not sure about studying abroad when you apply for your degree, it is possible to apply to transfer to a four-year programme at the end of the first year of a three-year programme. Permission to take part in Study Abroad in all cases will depend on your academic progress and the places available in your chosen country.
See our Biosciences study abroad page for information about your tuition fees and additional profiles from some of our students who have studied abroad during their Biosciences degrees.
For further information on where you can go and all the issues surrounding study abroad, see the International Exeter website.
* European Commission (2014) The Erasmus Impact Study, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2014
The experience of studying abroad is one which has always fascinated me. It wasn't until I was boarding my plane to America and saying goodbye to my friends and family for the next 4 months that it finally hit home that I was going! On arrival I was met by the lovely people from the international office and taken to my halls. From then on, every day there got better and better.
Studying marine biology has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and the number of courses offered was incredible. The experiences I had were unparalleled to anything that I have done in England - white water rafting, caving, even afternoons at the famous Myrtle Beach - all as part of my course! Outside of class I met some of the most amazing people and travelled all over the East Coast, spending an especially memorable Thanksgiving in Washington DC. It was without a doubt the best thing I could have done academically and set me in great stead for the second part of my degree.
Carrie-Anna Hurst, Study Abroad student.
I chose to study at Exeter’s Penryn Campus because I liked the field-based curriculum of the Conservation Biology and Ecology courses. My professors have all been very helpful, giving clear and interesting lectures and answering any questions that I or others have had. The Biosciences department in Cornwall has been great at giving hands-on experience and demonstrating how skills will be used in the lab and in the field. I attended a Behaviour and Biodiversity field course in Northern Cyprus where I learned how to handle and mistnet birds. I also worked with a group of undergraduate students to develop and carry out an experiment on flower colour preference of native insects. It has also been very easy to get involved and help with research projects on campus. I have been able to assist postgraduate students by performing surveys for dormouse habitat preference and presence, dissecting and identifying skulls from owl pellets, and by recording data for the Tremough Moth Club.
I have really enjoyed being part of the Exeter student body. I am surrounded by people who share my enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation. Also, the societies and clubs on campus have kept my free time filled with exciting new experiences. I have joined societies for international students, the environment, horseback riding, kayaking, rock climbing, fencing, expeditions, and more. The location of the Penryn Campus is excellent. Falmouth is a vibrant town with great music venues, restaurants, pubs, and loads of fun events throughout the year. I have been able to explore the beautiful coastline by walking and camping with the expedition society or taking a gallop on the beach with the horseback riding society. Falmouth is also great for water sports. Students can easily take a day off from studying to do things like sailing, diving, kayaking, or surfing. I have also loved the field-based Conservation Biology and Ecology course, I was out in the field at least once a week learning new skills. My professors kept the lectures interesting by giving recent research examples and explaining the work that goes on in the labs on campus.
Studying at Exeter has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in studying abroad.
Anne Winter, University of Southern Mississippi, studying Environmental Biology.
A degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry will help you to develop a wide range of essential skills such as analytical problem solving, team work and organising and communicating information. A number of our students continue their studies in the subject by following a further degree and research in their chosen area, or by training as a teacher. Many of our graduates are employed in discipline relevant roles in the UK and overseas including laboratory-based positions, conservation management, ecology, teaching and nursing. Others use the skills gained on their course to enter widely different career paths in law, business or management. Whatever you choose to do after graduation, your Biological and Medicinal Chemistry degree will stand you in good stead, with excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.
Developing your skills and career prospects
Biosciences provide a range of support and opportunities to help you develop skills that are attractive to employers. Visit our Careers and Employability web page for more information.
Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Biosciences undergraduate programmes in Exeter. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
|Medical Laboratory Assistant
Business Development Consultant
Biomedical Support Officer
Senior Clinical Case Manager
|The Carbon Trust
Ernst and Young LLP
Penman Consulting Ltd
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Biosciences undergraduate degree in Exeter. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2012/13. Please note that, due to data protection, the subjects of study and institutions are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
|Food security and sustainable agriculture
Food and nutrition
University of Cambridge
University of Exeter
University of Southampton
University College London
University of Birmingham
City University London
University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland
University of Bristol
University of Glasgow
University of Leeds
University of Manchester
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Further information about the opportunities the University of Exeter offers to maximise the employment prospects of our graduates employment prospects can be found on the CareerZone website.
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This programme is recognised by the Royal Society of Biology.