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Programmes in Natural Sciences 2020/1


UXXX-AFM01: MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Pharmacology stream)

Leading to the award of MASTER IN SCIENCE IN NATURAL SCIENCES

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Normal programme duration: 4 years


Click here for further information Possible DAPs for this programme:

Please see your programme handbook for circumstances where transfer to DAP may be permitted/required.

 

Click here for further informationPossible exit awards for this programme:



Natural Sciences students must take units totaling 60 credits in each programme year, usually comprising five blocks of 12 credits each, although some final year projects are worth 18 or 24 credits. Students must choose a major subject stream to follow and must take two blocks of units in this major subject each year. For further information on the structure of the programme, please see the Natural Sciences Course Guide.

Year 1: Part 1 Stage 1

Click here for further information NFAAR-UG assessment regulations:
  • Transfer to DAP may be possible from this programme year.
  • Main assessment regulations: Appendix 15 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view; Supplementary assessment regulations: Appendix 16 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view.
  • Part 1 Stage 1 of this programme contributes 0% towards the final award classification


Students following this subject stream must take the following in Year 1:
  1. Laboratory and skills endorsement unit XX10238
  2. Two all-year Chemistry units
  3. Two all-year Chemistry units
  4. All units in blocks Pc1.1 and Ls1.1
  5. One block of free options.

Units which must be taken within this subject stream

Compulsory skills unit (Designated Essential Unit)

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY XX10238 Laboratory and skills endorsement 0 credits       [equivalent to 0 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Compulsory units for Pharmacology (Pc1.1& Ls1.1)

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY BB10264 Cell biology 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits
AY PA10315 Fundamentals of physiology and pharmacology for Natural Sciences students 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Two units to be selected from this list for Chemistry major (C1.1, C1.2 & C1.3)

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY CH10133 Atomic structure, bonding and the Periodic Table 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits
AY CH10135 Fundamentals of organic chemistry 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits
AY CH10137 From molecules to materials 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Mathematics for life sciences block M1.2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 MA10201 Modelling the dynamics of life 1 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 MA10202 Modelling the dynamics of life 2 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Non science options

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY PS10086 Mind and behaviour 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 MN10071 Organisational behaviour 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 ED10002 Learning: Theory & context 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 MN10248 Introduction to accounting 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Biochemistry block BC1.1

NB. Selecting this block (in combination with compulsory block Ls1.1) would allow a student to transfer to a stream with Biochemistry as a major or minor subject in Year 2.

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY BB10263 Biochemistry 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Biology block B1.1/2

NB. Selecting either Biology block (in combination with compulsory block Ls1.1) would allow a student to transfer to a stream with Biology as a major or minor subject in Year 2.

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY BB10265 Ecology & evolution 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits
AY BB10266 The life of Earth 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Notes:

  • Programmes and units may be changed in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • This programme catalogue is applicable for all years of study for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this programme, or its component units, will be delivered in future years in the format displayed here.
  • NFAAR assessment regulations are subject to review and update. Links given here will provide access to the latest versions of NFAAR documentation. The regulations described in this documentation may not necessarily be those which applied in previous academic years. For detailed information on how the NFAAR was applied to this programme in previous academic years, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.
  • Availability of units is subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.


Year 2: Part 2 Stage 2

Click here for further information NFAAR-UG assessment regulations:
  • Transfer to DAP may be possible from this programme year.
  • Main assessment regulations: Appendix 23 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view; Supplementary assessment regulations: Appendix 24 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view.
  • Part 2 Stage 2 of this programme contributes 16% towards the final award classification


Students following this subject stream must take the following during this programme year:
  1. Two all-year Chemistry units;
  2. 12 credits in each semester from Pharmacology block Pc2;
  3. One block of free options (subject to pre-requisites).

Units which must be taken within this subject stream

Compulsory units for Pharmacology block Pc2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 PA20023 Pharmacology of the central nervous system 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 PA20291 Introduction to practical pharmacology for natural scientists 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 PA20343 Drug discovery 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA20016 Cardiovascular, renal and peripheral nervous system pharmacology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Two units to be selected from this list for Chemistry major (C2.1, C2.2 & C2.3).
  • You may only select CH20150 from this list if you took CH10136 (block C1.1) in Year 1;
  • You may only select CH20148 from this list if you took CH10134 (block C1.2) in Year 1;
  • You may only select CH20152 from this list if you took CH10138 (block C1.3) in Year 1.

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY CH20148 Inorganic synthesis, structure and reactivity (NS/CwM) 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits
AY CH20150 Organic synthesis, reaction mechanisms and spectroscopy (NS/CwM) 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits
AY CH20152 Principles of physical chemistry (NS/CwM) 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Pharmacology block Pc2 options: Select 6 credits from this list

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S2 PA20348 Experimental pharmacology for natural sciences 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA20351 Infection and immunity for natural sciences students 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Cell Biology block B2.3

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB20024 The dynamic cell 1 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB20160 The dynamic cell 2 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Developmental Biology & Neuroscience block B2.5

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB20149 Molecular genetics of vertebrate development 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB20028 Molecular and cellular neuroscience 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Non science options

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY PS20167 Cognitive neuroscience 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 ED20003 Education in society 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 MN20072 Managing human resources 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 ED20126 Educational psychology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 MN20073 Marketing 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Ecology block B2.1

Students choosing this block must take BB20040 in Semester 1 and either BB20173 or BB20226 in Semester 2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB20040 Concepts in evolution 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB20173 Behaviour & ecology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB20226 Portugal field course 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Plant Science block B2.2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB20032 Plant symbiosis & pathology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB20031 Plant biotechnology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Genomics block B2.4

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB20219 Genomics 1 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB20220 Genomics 2 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Biochemistry block BC2.1

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB20020 Protein structure 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB20018 Enzymology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Mathematics for life sciences block M2.2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY XX20231 Mathematical and statistical methods for the life sciences 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Notes:

  • Programmes and units may be changed in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • This programme catalogue is applicable for all years of study for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this programme, or its component units, will be delivered in future years in the format displayed here.
  • NFAAR assessment regulations are subject to review and update. Links given here will provide access to the latest versions of NFAAR documentation. The regulations described in this documentation may not necessarily be those which applied in previous academic years. For detailed information on how the NFAAR was applied to this programme in previous academic years, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.
  • Availability of units is subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.


Year 3: Part 2 Stage 3

Click here for further information NFAAR-UG assessment regulations:
  • Transfer to DAP may be possible from this programme year.
  • Main assessment regulations: Appendix 23 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view; Supplementary assessment regulations: Appendix 24 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view.
  • Part 2 Stage 3 of this programme contributes 34% towards the final award classification


Students following this subject stream must take the following during this programme year:
  1. All units in Chemistry block C3.4;
  2. Two further blocks of Chemistry units (C3.1, C3.2 & C3.3);
  3. 12 credits in each semester from Pharmacology block Pc3;
  4. Students may take a maximum of 12 credits of Biology, Biochemistry, Mathematics or non-science options in place of one Pharmacology block (subject to pre-requisites).

Units which must be taken within this subject stream

Compulsory units for Chemistry block C3.4

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY CH30186 Laboratory chemistry 1 (NS) 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
AY CH30187 Laboratory chemistry 2 (NS) 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Pharmacology block Pc3: Select 12 credits in each semester

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 PA30142 Molecular applications in pharmacology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 PA30214 Recent advances in drug discovery 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 PA30251 Advanced topics, trends and technologies in pharmacology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA30148 Central nervous system pharmacology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA30150 Cardiovascular pharmacology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA30157 The molecular biology and treatment of cancer 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA30168 Drug targets in the immune system 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA30169 Trends in molecular signalling 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA30252 Pharmacology of regenerative medicine 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Chemistry block C3.1

Students choosing this block must take all units S1 and 6 credits (two units) in S2.

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 CH30128 Topics in organic chemistry I 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 CH30235 Organic chemistry of biomolecules 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH30065 Biosynthesis & biotransformations 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH30211 Chemistry beyond the molecule 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH30230 DNA in the modern world 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Chemistry block C3.2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 CH30127 Topics in inorganic chemistry I 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 CH30203 Radiochemistry 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH30086 Inorganic chemistry in biological systems 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH30231 Porous materials 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Chemistry block C3.3

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 CH30129 Topics in physical chemistry I 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 CH30218 Analytical chemistry for natural scientists 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH30227 Advanced spectroscopic techniques 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH30239 Introduction to computational chemistry for natural scientists 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Mathematics for life sciences block M3.2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 MA30047 Mathematical biology 1 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 MA30063 Mathematical biology 2 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Non science options

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 ED30005 Science education in practice 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 MN20074 Digital business innovation 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 PS30115 Contemporary educational psychology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 ED30006 Issues in science education 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 MN30076 Business strategy 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PS30156 Affective neuroscience 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Biochemistry block BC3.1

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB30162 Protein synthesis, folding and turnover 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB40048 Enzymes: mechanisms, evolution and control in integrated biological systems 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Ecology block B3.1

Students choosing this block must take BB30208 in Semester 1 and either BB30131 or BB30132 in Semester 2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB30208 Evolutionary quantitative genetics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB30131 Evolution in deep time 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB30132 Sexual conflict 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Plant Science block B3.2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB30129 Sensory and signalling networks in plants 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB40140 Plant biotechnology & the environment 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Cell Biology block B3.3

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB30045 Cell membranes 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB30161 Systems and developmental neurobiology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Developmental Biology & Neuroscience block B3.5

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB30044 Molecular & medical neuroscience 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB30067 Advanced developmental genetics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Genomics block B3.4

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 BB30231 Human genomics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 BB30169 Concepts in systems biology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Notes:

  • Programmes and units may be changed in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • This programme catalogue is applicable for all years of study for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this programme, or its component units, will be delivered in future years in the format displayed here.
  • NFAAR assessment regulations are subject to review and update. Links given here will provide access to the latest versions of NFAAR documentation. The regulations described in this documentation may not necessarily be those which applied in previous academic years. For detailed information on how the NFAAR was applied to this programme in previous academic years, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.
  • Availability of units is subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.


Year 4: Part 3 Stage 4

Click here for further information NFAAR-UG assessment regulations:
  • Transfer to DAP may be possible from this programme year.
  • Main assessment regulations: Appendix 27 (Section B)PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view; Supplementary assessment regulations: Appendix 28 (Section B)PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view.
  • Part 3 Stage 4 of this programme contributes 50% towards the final award classification


Students following this subject stream must take the following during this programme year:
  1. One Chemistry research project (either CH40165 or CH40196)
  2. Two further blocks of Chemistry units (C4.1, C4.2, & C4.3)
  3. Students who select 12 credit Chemistry project CH40196 must take 12 credits in each semester from blocks Pc4.1 and Pc4.2
  4. Students who select 24 credit Chemistry project CH40165 must take six credits in each semester from blocks Pc4.1 and Pc4.2
  5. Further information on DoS approved options Director of Studies approved option allowed: Students may be permitted to take Director of Studies approved units as an alternative to a maximum of 12 credits during this programme year.

Units which must be taken within this subject stream

Compulsory unit for Pharmacology block Pc4.2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 PA40288 Pharmacology dissertation for MSci students 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Students must take either CH40165 or CH40196 during this programmme year

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
AY CH40165 Chemistry research 1 24 credits       [equivalent to 48 CATS credits] Further information on credits
AY CH40196 Chemistry research project (NS12) 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Chemistry block C4.1

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 CH40098 Techniques in drug discovery 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 CH40206 Topics in organic chemistry II 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH40037 Synthesis of medicinal compounds 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH40068 Physical organic chemistry 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Chemistry block C4.2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 CH40155 Advanced structural methods 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 CH40205 Topics in inorganic chemistry II 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH40162 Advanced organometallic chemistry 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH40212 Contemporary main group chemistry 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Chemistry block C4.3

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 CH40207 Topics in physical chemistry II 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 CH40222 Advanced theoretical methods 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH40158 Chemistry of functional materials 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 CH40220 Chemical thermodynamics in context 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Optional units: Pharmacology block PC4.1/2

Select one unit from this list for Pharmacology block Pc4.1

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S1 PA40142 Molecular applications in pharmacology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S1 PA40214 Recent advances in drug discovery 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Select 12 credits for Pharmacology blocks Pc4.1 and Pc4.2

Period
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
S2 PA40157 The molecular biology and treatment of cancer 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA40159 Cardiovascular pharmacology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA40160 Central nervous system pharmacology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA40162 Drug targets in the immune system 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA40163 Trends in molecular signalling 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
S2 PA40252 Pharmacology of regenerative medicine 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Notes:

  • Programmes and units may be changed in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • This programme catalogue is applicable for all years of study for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this programme, or its component units, will be delivered in future years in the format displayed here.
  • NFAAR assessment regulations are subject to review and update. Links given here will provide access to the latest versions of NFAAR documentation. The regulations described in this documentation may not necessarily be those which applied in previous academic years. For detailed information on how the NFAAR was applied to this programme in previous academic years, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.
  • Availability of units is subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.