Degree Programme Specification 2020/2021
MChem in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
|To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. This information is created when new programmes are established and is only updated periodically as programmes are formally reviewed. It is therefore only accurate on the date of last revision.|
|Awarding institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Teaching institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Programme accredited by:||The Royal Society of Chemistry. The MChem degrees satisfy the academic requirements for Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chartered Chemist designation (MRSC, CChem).|
|Final award:||MChem (Honours)|
|Programme title:||Medicinal and Biological Chemistry|
|Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):||
|Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:||Dr S. Daff|
|Date of production/revision:||
|Further Information:||View the prospectus entry for this programme|
Programme structure and features
Acquisition of knowledge and understanding is achieved mainly through lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials, workshops and project work. Lectures are assessed via formal 'unseen' examinations. In all courses understanding is reinforced by small group tutorials and/or by problem solving workshops. Written communication, report writing and IT skills are developed via laboratory reports, posters, essays and project reports. Oral presentation skills are acquired via formal presentations. Practical skills and an awareness of the safety aspects of laboratory work and risk-assessment are developed progressively over the first four years of the course and through a full-time, whole-year research project in the final year conducted either in an academic or industrial context.
The figures in parenthesis following the course names in the outline degree programme below are the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) credit level and credit points. Further information can be found at http://www.scqf.org.uk/. Normally courses totalling 120 credits are studied in each year with the level progressing year by year.
Year 1/2: Year 1 is evenly split between chemistry, maths and biology courses. In Year 2 Chemical Pharmacology is a core course and The Dynamic Cell, and Genes and Gene Action are strongly recommended in addition to the core chemistry course. Students with appropriate qualifications may enter directly into Year 2.
Year 3: Progression to MChem (Honours) in Years 4/5 requires an average Year 3 mark at Grade C (50%) or higher. A student who fails to satisfy this criterion, but who achieves an average Year 3 mark at Grade D (40%) or higher, may progress to the final year of BSc (Honours). In either case, students must also achieve an average of Grade D (40%) or higher in the Year 3 written courses in order to qualify for progression to Year 4.
Year 4: A choice of lecture courses from a suite of advanced level courses covering all branches of chemistry together with a research training course that builds the key skills for pursuing the final year research project.
Year 5: During Year 5 students undertake a research project of 120 credits spanning the full academic year. They have the choice between three different locations/contexts for the project: (i) in Edinburgh under the supervision of an academic staff member in the School of Chemistry; (ii) Overseas under the supervision of an academic staff member at one of a wide range of partner universities around the world; (iii) in industry or a government research institute, either in the UK or overseas. In each case the project includes a detailed literature survey and extended final report.
Medicinal and Biological Chemistry (MChem), FC1R
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.