Chemistry for Drug Discovery BSc (Hons)

4 years including placement year, starting in September 2018

Combine your passion for chemistry with a desire to make a real contribution to the world of pharmaceuticals.

You’ll gain a solid foundation in chemistry which you will use to understand how drugs and medicines are designed and made, how they work and why they are successful. Major pharmaceutical companies have contributed to the design of the course so you can be sure that you will gain experience in areas that are of interest to industry. Our chemistry degrees have the same core units in the first year giving you the flexibility to switch courses.

You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry as well as the skills to carry out experimental and computational drug discovery projects. The broad range of topics covered will give you the option of a career in the pharmaceutical industry as well as a wide range of careers in research, academia and industry.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Placement
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Placement

Apply your skills and knowledge to a year working in industry. You’ll be employed full-time in a role to match your future career ambitions. It will broaden your experience and transferable skills, giving you a competitive edge when applying for graduate jobs.

We have links with some of the industry’s leading companies. Recent employers include GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, AkzoNobel and Pfizer.

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Find out more about placements.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 36% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 64% of the time in independent study. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff

Professional accreditations

By studying a course with a professional accreditation, you could have the chance to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. You may also be able to apply for jobs in the industry without having to do any more exams.

Lloyd Murfin
“The course allowed me to experience a wide variety of subjects in the earlier years, and specialise in the areas I was passionate about in the later years.”
Lloyd Murfin

Chemistry for Drug Discovery (2016)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying your chosen degree. This might include relevant reading, voluntary or work experience, areas of interest from your current studies or other relevant extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. When describing your experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to your future studies.

Our typical offers for this course depend on the amount of science and mathematics you have studied before you join it. You will always need a strong performance in Chemistry and at least one other core science or mathematics subject as part of your entry qualifications. If you have studied three or more core science or mathematics subjects the grades we require may be lower, as detailed in the relevant entry requirements section.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

AAA or AAB

If you are taking A level Chemistry and one other maths or science subject:
AAA including Chemistry plus one subject from Biology, Further Mathematics, Mathematics or Physics

If you are taking A level Chemistry and two other maths or science subjects:
AAB including A in Chemistry plus two subjects from Biology, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics

Alternative offer A level

AAB or ABB

If you are taking A level Chemistry and one other maths or science subject:
AAB including A in Chemistry plus one subject from Biology, Further Mathematics, Mathematics or Physics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

If you are taking A level Chemistry and two other maths or science subjects:
ABB including A in Chemistry plus two subjects from Biology, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

If you are taking Chemistry and one other maths or science subject:
36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Chemistry plus one Higher Level subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics

If you are taking Chemistry and two other maths or science subjects:
36 points overall and 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Chemistry plus two Higher Level subjects from Biology, Mathematics and Physics

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above. This must include at least 12 credits from Chemistry units achieved at Distinction (which must include units in both Organic and Inorganic Chemistry) and a further 12 credits from Mathematics, Physics or Biology units achieved at Distinction.

BTEC

Typical offer: D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF).

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Applied Science. You must be studying the following units as part of your BTEC qualification:

  • Extended Diploma (QCF): Chemical Laboratory Techniques, Industrial Chemical Reactions, Chemical Periodicity and its Applications, Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry. We prefer you to have also studied: Mathematical Calculations for Science, Energy Changes Sources and Applications, and Practical Chemical Analysis.

  • Extended Diploma (RQF): Applications of Organic Chemistry, Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Industrial Chemical Reactions. We prefer you to have also studied: Practical Chemical Analysis.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
If you are taking Chemistry and one other maths or science subject D3, D3, D3 including D3 in Chemistry plus one subject from Biology, Further Mathematics, Mathematics or Physics.

If you are taking Chemistry and two other maths or science subjects D3, D3, M1 including D3 in Chemistry plus two subjects from Biology, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics.

Alternative offer:
If you are taking Chemistry and one other maths or science subject D3, D3, M1 including D3 in Chemistry plus one subject from Biology, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, or Physics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

If you are taking Chemistry and two other maths or science subjects D3, M1, M1 including D3 in Chemistry plus two subjects from Biology, Further Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • S104: Exploring Science
  • S215 Chemistry: Essential Concepts

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed above: please contact us to discuss your profile.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 Chemistry unit.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

If you are taking Chemistry and one other maths or science subject:
AA in Advanced Highers including Chemistry plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers.

If you are taking Chemistry and two other maths or science subjects:
AB in Advanced Highers including A in Chemistry plus one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • AA in A level Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF). We cannot consider BTEC qualifications in Applied Science alongside Chemistry and a second science or mathematics subject.
  • AA in two A level subjects plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject.
  • AA in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate including Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations.
  • AA in A level Chemistry and a second core science or mathematics subject plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies.

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

If you are taking Chemistry and one other maths or science subject at higher level: H1, H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2 in Chemistry and one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.

If you are taking Chemistry and at least two other maths or science subjects at higher level: H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1, H2, H2 in Chemistry and two from Biology, Mathematics and Physics.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

If you are taking Chemistry and one other science elective or the Algebra and Calculus extended paper: 555 in Chemistry, a second science subject and third elective subject or 5*5 in Chemistry and a second elective subject plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

If you are taking Chemistry and two other science electives or one other science elective and the Algebra and Calculus extended paper: 554 in Chemistry and two science subjects or 55 in Chemistry and a second science subject plus 5* in core Mathematics and 5 in the Algebra and Calculus extended paper.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

14.5 overall with 15 in Physics/Chemistry and 15 in either Mathematics or Biology (Life and Earth Sciences).

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

13.5 overall with 15 in Physics/Chemistry and 15 in either Mathematics or Biology (Life and Earth Sciences).

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

If you are taking Chemistry and one other subject from Mathematicss (5 periods) or another science subject (4 periods): 82% overall with 8.5 in Chemistry (4 periods) and one of Biology (4 periods), Mathematics (5 periods) or Physics (4 periods).

If you are taking Chemistry and two other subject from Mathematicss (5 periods) or other science subjects (4 periods): 82% overall with 8.5 in Chemistry (4 periods) and 8.0 in 2 subjects from Biology (4 periods), Mathematics (5 periods), Physics (4 periods) or Advanced Mathematics.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

If you are taking Chemistry and one other maths or science subject: Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 85% in Chemistry and one of Biology, Mathematics and Physics.

If you are taking Chemistry and two other maths or science subjects: Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 85% in Chemistry and 80% in 2 subjects from Biology, Mathematics and Physics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

If you are taking Chemistry and one other maths or science AP: 5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Chemistry and one of Biology, Calculus BC and any AP Physics.

If you are taking Chemistry and two other maths or science APs: 5, 5, 4 in 3 APs including 5 in Chemistry plus 2 subjects from Biology, Calculus BC and any AP Physics.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 720 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Extra costs

The following course-related costs are not included in your fees:

Safety Equipment

You may need to purchase your own laboratory coat and safety spectacles for an approximate cost of £25.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Chemistry for Drug Discovery
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    F152
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225383019

Apply for this course through UCAS.