Cardiff University: Medicinal Chemistry

InstitutionCardiff University View institution profile
Department School of Chemistry View department profile
Telephone 029 2087 0084
Study type Taught


By understanding the mechanisms of drugs action, new molecules can be developed with improved pharmacological properties and reduced side effects.

The field of medicinal chemistry is becoming increasingly important as we continue to push the boundaries in the discovery of new drugs and applications in healthcare. This MSc in Medicinal Chemistry will allow you to specialise in this area and explore the wider context of drug discovery, business and healthcare.

On the course, you will develop the specific technical knowledge, understanding and laboratory skills needed to design drugs. You will also investigate the relationship between medicinal chemists and drug discovery companies with stakeholders such as patients, investors and governments.

Distinctive features
- Available on a one year full-time or three year part-time basis.

- Explore medicinal chemistry in a wider industrial context, including how businesses interact with patients and investors.

- Specialise in an area of interest to you with an end of course research project.

- Some industrial and academic placements are available in the UK or abroad for the research project.

- Network and build contacts with industry professionals who are frequently invited to present guest seminars.


Cardiff University
School of Chemistry

About us
At Cardiff University’s School of Chemistry, we are focused on tackling today’s most challenging and exciting scientific, environmental and societal challenges through cutting-edge teaching and research. From the sustainable manufacture of chemical products to developing new medicines and treatments for illnesses.

At the heart of our excellent reputation in modern chemical science are our international community of dedicated academics and more than 80 postdoctoral and technical staff.  Their diverse talents promote an outward-looking community that connects with chemists all over the globe attracting over 250 students every year.

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