BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
|Typical offer||AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32|
- 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 increasingly popular degree provides training in both biological sciences and chemistry and shows how this multidisciplinary area relates to aspects of medicine and drug design.
Chemistry is at the core of the degree, with options in biochemistry and biology. An emphasis is given to understanding the chemistry and synthesis of small molecules, particularly in medicine and disease.
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.
- BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Experience
- BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry with Study Abroad
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 3 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 2018
AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32
GCE AL Biology and Chemistry, both at grade B; IB Biology and Chemistry HL5. GCSE Maths at grade B and either GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Chemistry at grade C.
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 and third years contribute to your final degree classification.
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 Biochemistry 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
Find out more
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.