Medicinal and Biological Chemistry is concerned with understanding biological mechanisms and processes at the level of the atoms and molecules involved, and applying this understanding along with the tools of synthetic chemistry and genetic manipulation to design and deliver pharmaceutical interventions. Students learn how breakthroughs in understanding of the molecular basis of diseases are being combined with cross-disciplinary advances in chemistry, biology and nanotechnology to generate new generations of innovative therapeutics. The programme teaches a thorough understanding of the structures, properties and syntheses (in the lab and in vivo) of the diverse range of molecules and macromolecules needed to build a living organism. It provides understanding of how biological molecules cooperate in finely tuned networks and pathways or are organised into macromolecular complexes, membranes, organelles, cells and tissues. Building upon an initial solid foundation in chemistry and cell and molecular biology, this degree programme provides the intellectual framework for understanding this topic from the fundamentals to the frontiers of current research. There is a strong focus on a wide range of analytical and experimental skills. First-hand experience of cutting-edge research is provided via an individual project spanning the whole of the final year. Students may choose to undertake their project as a member of a research group in the University of Edinburgh, at one of our partner universities overseas, or in a company or research institute in the UK or abroad. The School of Chemistry has an enthusiastic and committed staff team that provides a supportive learning environment and a flexible approach to study. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, overall, 95 per cent of our research was rated world leading or internationally excellent. Funding to develop our teaching infrastructure means we now offer some of the finest facilities in the UK. Many of our programmes allow a great range of options as well as the opportunity to study abroad or spend time in industry. Our five-year MChem programme provides a research project occupying the full final year. This may be undertaken in Edinburgh, in industry or at one of our partner universities around the world. It offers you an opportunity to devote yourself exclusively to applying the chemistry skills and knowledge you have developed and is ideal preparation for a career as a professional chemist or for a PhD. All our programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.