Postgraduate Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry
DescriptionCourse Code: E68 Course Level: Postgraduate Subject Area: Science Course Qualification: Diploma This course is available for study in: Globally This course is NOT available in: South Africa
What you will learn
This qualification enables you to study at postgraduate level aspects of medicinal chemistry that explore the links between disease, mechanisms of action and the development of safe, effective commercial drugs. You can pursue these topics across a number of major health areas including cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases, diabetes, neuropharmacology and inflammation. Using the innovative teaching methods pioneered by The Open University, you have the op…
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What you will learn
This qualification enables you to study at postgraduate level aspects of medicinal chemistry that explore the links between disease, mechanisms of action and the development of safe, effective commercial drugs. You can pursue these topics across a number of major health areas including cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases, diabetes, neuropharmacology and inflammation. Using the innovative teaching methods pioneered by The Open University, you have the opportunity to understand how drugs are designed, study the latest developments in this changing area of contemporary medical therapy, while developing a wide range of skills associated with masters-level study.
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Time required and cost
To achieve the Postgraduate Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry you must successfully gain 120 credits. We expect student to take one module a year. However, the 30-credit and 60-credit module start dates are staggered, so you could study more if you wish. You must complete the qualification within seven years. If you wish to study the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry or MSc in Science, you need to complete this diploma course in less than seven years.
For details on module cost please see the table at the bottom of this page. The total cost of the qualification may depend on the modules studied. As a guide the total fee for 2012/13 academic year was £4,990.
NB: Prices and course details shown below are subject to change.
Completing this postgraduate diploma course will equip you with a set of key transferable skills which will be relevant for the workplace as well as providing you with a base of postgraduate level science knowledge and understanding. You will learn to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship within medicinal chemistry, as well as evaluating research methodologies. You will learn to deal with complex issues and make sound judgements and decisions in complex situations.
You will learn to communicate information and conclusions to specialist scientific audiences, work effectively as part of a team, demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, plan and implement tasks at a professional level.
The nature of this qualification will develop your independent learning skills, such as critical reading, as well as enhance your ICT skills for both literature searching and managing information and strengthen your communication skills with others in both professional and academic contexts.
Having this qualification coupled with practical experience could open up career opportunities in various scientific and medical research fields in the public and private sectors, for example, in the NHS, pharmaceutical companies, medical research, universities, commercial laboratories, and independent healthcare providers.
Please see the table shown at the bottom of this page.
To study for this postgraduate diploma you must hold a bachelors honours degree in science or a science-related subject from a UK university, or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.
If you have other study or experience that you believe equips you to take this qualification you can still apply, but must supply evidence of your study or experience. For advice please call us on the number shown at the top of the page, or click the call back button.
You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 7.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
Classification of course
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry entitling you to use the letters PG Dip Med Chem (Open) after your name.
You may continue your studies and add a further 60 credits to your diploma to gain the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry.
For information on Credits, click here.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the following regulations:
- Student Regulations
- Module Regulations
- General Qualification Regulations
- Postgraduate Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry.