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MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry

In this project module, which is entirely online, you’ll carry out an in-depth investigation into a medicinal-chemistry topic of your choice. You must link it to one or more knowledge-based learning objectives from either Molecules in medicine (S807) or Concept to clinic (S827). Your project can be literature based or involve laboratory work. You’ll have the support and guidance of a supervisor by both email and telephone.

Vocational relevance

This module is good preparation for further research in medicinal chemistry. It will develop skills and knowledge that are relevant to employment within the industry, and that will inform and strengthen professional practice.

Qualifications

This module can count towards F62, which is no longer available to new students.

You can’t study this module on its own or as part of any other qualifications.

Excluded combinations

Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with an adviser before registering.

Module

Module code
SXM810
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
60
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU postgraduate modules correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU Postgraduate
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
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Module cost
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What you will study

The study materials provide guidance on planning your project and help with searching literature, analysing data and writing your dissertation. Your first two assessments will involve developing a proposal for a project on your chosen topic. Two further assessments will help you to keep your project on track. You’ll need to check the module website and online forums frequently. This module also includes group discussions in online tutorials.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You’ll have a supervisor who’ll provide individual support and guidance for your project and will mark and comment on your written work. Your supervisor will offer support through email and telephone. You’ll use electronic communication extensively.

Assessment

You can find the assessment details for this module in the facts box.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). You must also use the eTMA system submit your dissertation (project thesis) – this is your end-of-module assessment.

Course work includes

4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry (SXM810) starts once a year – in November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2019. It will start for the last time in November 2021.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Entry requirements

    You must have completed either Concept to clinic (S827) or Molecules in medicine (S807).

    You must be studying towards the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry (F62). You can’t study this module on its own or as part of any other qualification.

    All teaching is in English and your proficiency in the English language should be adequate for study at postgraduate level. If English isn’t your first language, we strongly recommend that you’ve achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0.

    Preparatory work

    You may find reading the following book useful before and during your studies:

    • Biggam, J. Succeeding With Your Master’s Dissertation: A Step-By-Step Handbook, Open University Press (3rd edn), ISBN 978-0335264483
    • Divan, A. Communication Skills for the Biosciences: A Graduate Guide (2009), Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-922635-1.
    • Nygaard, L.P. Writing Your Master’s Thesis, SAGE publications, ISBN 978-1473903937

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    02 Nov 2019 Oct 2020 £2450.00

    Registration closes 10/10/19 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2021.

    Future availability

    MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry (SXM810) starts once a year – in November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2019. It will start for the last time in November 2021.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    All materials are online.

    The module website includes:

    • monthly planner
    • study guide
    • web-based text resources
    • web-based software
    • online forums

    The Library website includes access to scientific journals, ebook and databases.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    If you have a disability

    Your project must include a literature review. You’ll have to access literature resources electronically, and undertake substantive online searches of electronic databases and journals. You’ll also be able to participate in online forums and activities. Consequently, you’ll spend extensive time using a computer and the internet.

    The module uses real-time (synchronous) as well as asynchronous online discussions and an interactive whiteboard space. If you use assistive technology or have a hearing or speech impairment, and have concerns about accessing this type of virtual environment and materials, you can visit the system provider’s website for information and contact us to discuss your options.

    Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of module material are available, where possible. Some online components might not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Due to our use of external websites and third-party content, we can’t guarantee the accessibility of all components of the module. PDF versions of most journal articles are available through the OU library, as well as HTML full text. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader: mathematical and scientific notification could be particularly difficult to read in this way. If you use a screen reader to access material on screen, check that it’s compatible with the Open University Library’s electronic databases and resources before you start.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer.