Chemistry with Biomedicine

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Chemistry with Biomedicine

King's College London
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This novel Chemistry with Biomedicine degree imparts a rigorous theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry, delivered within the context of applications that arise within the laboratories, hospitals and industrial partners of King’s College London. Students gain a classical chemical education plus a perspective and experience of diverse applications that lays down a basis for a flexible, interesting career.
KEY BENEFITS

  • A new Chemistry programme, designed to meet the rigorous standards of the Royal Society for Chemistry and delivered by chemists working within a very broad range of biomedical and health applications.
  • Career opportunities enhanced through international exchanges…

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This novel Chemistry with Biomedicine degree imparts a rigorous theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry, delivered within the context of applications that arise within the laboratories, hospitals and industrial partners of King’s College London. Students gain a classical chemical education plus a perspective and experience of diverse applications that lays down a basis for a flexible, interesting career.
KEY BENEFITS

  • A new Chemistry programme, designed to meet the rigorous standards of the Royal Society for Chemistry and delivered by chemists working within a very broad range of biomedical and health applications.
  • Career opportunities enhanced through international exchanges and working in industry.
  • Teaching by internationally renowned scientists and researchers.
  • Includes a major six month project in collaboration with our industrial and hospital partners.
  • Designed to give graduates flexibility to develop a career in the growing fields of biomedical engineering, biotech and basic biological and biomedical research.
  • Excellent basis for graduate entry to Medicine, Dentistry and other health professions.
  • Option to exit after three years with BSc Chemistry, ideal for those who wish to specialise in a fourth year doing a more focused MRes or MSc.

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The aim of the programme is to be a comprehensive education in the theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, but also to equip students for a professional life in the everchanging environment of 21st century chemistry. To achieve these goals, the programme integrates the teaching of chemistry foundations with application of chemistry principles and techniques in a conceptually novel fashion by systematically using examples taken from the very broad range of biomedical research and practice at King's.

The programme starts with a normal coverage of the principles of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, with additional maths to ensure students can handle advanced physical and computational chemistry. It does so referring to biomedical examples where relevant, and incorporates a basic laboratory course in molecular biology to introduce the power of these methods to chemists. In the later years 3 and 4, increasingly more specialised modules allow students to investigate particular aspects of the application of chemical principles to biological and biomedical problems. The research projects in Years 3 and 4 can be carried out in appropriate partner institutions e.g. in one of the hospitals affiliated with the College (e.g. Guy's and St Thomas') or in a suitable industrial company. The project therefore offers the opportunity to gain relevant professional work experience.


Research areas in which King's chemistry academics who will be teaching on this course, flourish, include the development of the full range of modern in vivo imaging techniques, materials science and nanotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences from drug discovery to drug delivery, analytical, forensic and environmental science, a wide range of development and cell biology, particularly neurobiology and the full range of clinical disciplines in medicine, psychiatry and mental health and dentistry.


It is possible to exit after three years with a BSc Chemistry, a route some students may favour if they want a more specialized 4th year doing a more focused MSc or MRes course.


The core team is new and relatively small (5 academics), and is the centre for a much larger group of over 30 chemists whose research is embedded within different Schools of King's, where they use their chemical expertise to advance a very wide range of medical, health, pharmaceutical and materials science. This larger group contribute to the teaching and research projects.



ABOUT THE Department of Chemistry
CAREERS Since this is a new course, we do not yet have graduates, but the design and delivery of the course is to excite students about chemistry within contexts applied to growing fields of biomedical engineering, biotech and basic biological and biomedical research. This is developed with joint research projects with and hospitals in the final (4th year), so we anticipate our graduates having an unusually broad perspective of possible career paths, and flexibility to change these as their careers progress. This Chemistry with Biomedicine degree will also provide an excellent basis for later graduate entry into Medicine, Dentistry and other health professions. King's science graduates have a very strong record for success in gaining entry to these professions.
TEACHING STYLE Teaching takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through extensive practical laboratory work. The emphasis gradually shifts from supported learning and help in adjusting to university life towards self-directed learning. The first two years concentrate upon laying down a strong basis in chemistry and supporting maths, while bringing in non-conventional aspects such as a laboratory course in modern molecular biology techniques. In the 3rd and 4th year, increasing specialization is possible through the choice of options. The fourth year is dominated by a major research project, normally with industrial partners, to give you the opportunity to experience and test your research potential. Three factors underpin your learning: first, it is increasingly research-based, so you learn not just the facts but in addition develop the ability to test hypotheses and evaluate evidence; second, since the programme team is embedded within one of the largest, and most highly rated, medical schools in the country, a medical perspective pervades much of the teaching; and finally, you will be explicitly encouraged to apply your scientific understanding to wider issues facing society.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT Assessment is usually by written examination at the end of each academic year, with increasing weight given to later years of study. Increasing importance is being given to course work which takes the form of essays or reports of practical classes.
LOCATION The first three years of the course are taught at Franklin-Wilkins Building at our Waterloo Campus, sharing the building with King's Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. It is immediately across the river from our Strand Campus, has St Thomas' Hospital about 0.5km away on the other side of Waterloo Station, and Guy's campus a km downstream. Specialist 4th year options and research projects will involve work at these other campuses. As a large multi-faculty university, we have excellent social and sporting facilities, but a key attraction is our central London location. Our three campuses along the River Thames are located in the cultural and social heart of the capital and offer our students the opportunity to explore art galleries, theatres, museums, markets, restaurants and cafés.

ABOUT THE Department of Chemistry
CAREERS Since this is a new course, we do not yet have graduates, but the design and delivery of the course is to excite students about chemistry within contexts applied to growing fields of biomedical engineering, biotech and basic biological and biomedical research. This is developed with joint research projects with and hospitals in the final (4th year), so we anticipate our graduates having an unusually broad perspective of possible career paths, and flexibility to change these as their careers progress. This Chemistry with Biomedicine degree will also provide an excellent basis for later graduate entry into Medicine, Dentistry and other health professions. King's science graduates have a very strong record for success in gaining entry to these professions.
TEACHING STYLE Teaching takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through extensive practical laboratory work. The emphasis gradually shifts from supported learning and help in adjusting to university life towards self-directed learning. The first two years concentrate upon laying down a strong basis in chemistry and supporting maths, while bringing in non-conventional aspects such as a laboratory course in modern molecular biology techniques. In the 3rd and 4th year, increasing specialization is possible through the choice of options. The fourth year is dominated by a major research project, normally with industrial partners, to give you the opportunity to experience and test your research potential. Three factors underpin your learning: first, it is increasingly research-based, so you learn not just the facts but in addition develop the ability to test hypotheses and evaluate evidence; second, since the programme team is embedded within one of the largest, and most highly rated, medical schools in the country, a medical perspective pervades much of the teaching; and finally, you will be explicitly encouraged to apply your scientific understanding to wider issues facing society.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT Assessment is usually by written examination at the end of each academic year, with increasing weight given to later years of study. Increasing importance is being given to course work which takes the form of essays or reports of practical classes.
LOCATION The first three years of the course are taught at Franklin-Wilkins Building at our Waterloo Campus, sharing the building with King's Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. It is immediately across the river from our Strand Campus, has St Thomas' Hospital about 0.5km away on the other side of Waterloo Station, and Guy's campus a km downstream. Specialist 4th year options and research projects will involve work at these other campuses. As a large multi-faculty university, we have excellent social and sporting facilities, but a key attraction is our central London location. Our three campuses along the River Thames are located in the cultural and social heart of the capital and offer our students the opportunity to explore art galleries, theatres, museums, markets, restaurants and cafés.
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