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Educational aims

The overall aim of the qualification is to develop knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, key skills and practical and professional skills in the study of medicinal chemistry, with particular emphasis on molecular aspects and development of drugs.

The intention is that you will develop:

  • an understanding of the scientific principles underlying the main topic areas of medicinal chemistry
  • skills essential to postgraduate study in science.

After completing the degree you should be able to:

  • use electronic means of communication, information searching and retrieval
  • critically assess a broad range of scientific literature in medicinal chemistry
  • prepare a poster and a presentation that critically engage with current theoretical, methodological and/or practical issues in medicinal chemistry.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Of:

  • a systematic understanding and knowledge of the main areas of medicinal chemistry
  • a critical awareness of the role of medicinal chemistry and the future development of the subject
  • techniques applicable to advanced scholarship in the study of medicinal chemistry.

Cognitive skills

Be able to:

  • evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the study of medicinal chemistry
  • evaluate research methodologies and develop critiques and propose alternative hypotheses, where appropriate
  • deal with complex issues both systematically and proficiently and make sound judgments in the absence of complete data
  • demonstrate of originality of thought in the application of knowledge.

Practical and/or professional skills

Be able to:

  • critically assess primary and secondary literature in the area of medicinal chemistry
  • have an appreciation of the importance of and methods of quality assurance in medicinal chemistry
  • be aware of the social and ethical issues that arise in medicinal chemistry
  • act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

Key skills

Be able to:

  • undertake self-directed study
  • communicate information and conclusions both to specialist and to non-specialist audiences
  • use information and communications technology (ICT) to locate information, to analyse and present data and to communicate
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Teaching is via module texts, electronic material and online forums. The material provided is mostly resource based, with an online study guide, and you are therefore encouraged to plan and execute your own learning programme.

Understanding of principles and concepts is assessed through tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs) and online exam/ end-of-module assessments (EMAs). You submit TMAs electronically and receive feedback through the eTMA system.

You submit either an online exam (S807, S827) or an EMA (S825). Feedback on the EMA performance is provided at the end of the module.

These skills are developed in the study materials and via online forums.

These skills are assessed in the TMAs and the online exam/EMAs. You receive feedback on all your assessed work, with particular emphasis being given to the development of skills through the period of each module. Teaching materials are provided on learning from the media, conducting searches, communication via posters and presentations and critiquing literature.

These skills are assessed in the TMAs and the EMAs. You receive feedback on all your assessed work, with particular emphasis being given to the development of skills through the period of each module. Development of these skills builds on your prior skills as a science graduate entering the programme, with some teaching in the study materials and some through feedback from tutors on TMAs and the EMA plans.

These skills are assessed in the TMAs and the online exam/EMA on all three modules.