Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Metabolism
This unique program is concerned with the understanding of the chemical and biological mechanisms by which the overall actions of both synthetic and naturally occurring drugs can be explained. It provides both a conversion course for graduates without prior experience, and advanced study for those with some undergraduate training. Organic, physical and solid-state chemists combine with pharmacologists, biochemists, microbiologists and pharmacists to provide a full picture of the design, evaluation, production and use of approved medicines, coupled with underpinning studies of synthetic methods and mode of action studies. Lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions are followed by an individual research project, some of which (notably in drug metabolism) may be undertaken in industrial laboratories and involve industrial sponsorship. Lectures from industrialists and visits to appropriate industrial laboratories are also included to illustrate usual practices.The award of the degree may be used as part of the portfolio included inapplication for membership and Chartered Chemist status of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges