Medicinal Chemistry MOOC

Medicinal Chemistry MOOC

I am attracted to the MSc in Science in Medicinal Chemistry offered at Open University.

One of the professions I considered entering in my senior year at high school was health science, and specifically the study of the chemicals to make medicine. My dad instilled an appreciation for medicine by his example. He could often be found reading about different medicines and remedies, and he has helped save at least one life of which I am aware. The doctor in the hospital gave their patient advice that was exacerbating their condition and would have resulted in death if they had not taken my dad’s advice.

According to the MSc in Medicinal Chemistry website, this 180 credit Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) can be accomplished in 4–6 years by distance education. The benefit of this MOOC for me is being able to study from around the world by distance education allowing concurrent commitments (cf. The Open University’s Discussion on Flexibility). I live in China with my family and am currently employed as a Math/Science teacher.

This year, I will be teaching Chemistry 12 at my international high school for my second consecutive year. This will be my third year teaching Chemistry. In university I took 1st year Chemistry as part of my BSc Math major. In part thanks to all of the labs I conducted last year with students, our school was granted our own Chemistry lab. I placed orders for materials and helped set the lab up from scratch.

This helps give me sufficient “background and experience” on top of my “strong, closely-related academic background” fulfilling the Entry Requirements. I “should have little problem studying” this program given the fact that I can answer most of the Prerequisite Knowledge Questions.

Some of my insights into Chemistry content are deeper than usual, such as my application of the poetic verse, “split the atom and you find a sun” to nuclear chemistry. I feel that the field of Chemistry will see more development in the future. Humans have developed the technology to create gold, fulfilling the age-old alchemist dream, but the technology is far from advanced. I expect that the transmutation of elements should become a commonplace science in the future, for example, as Bahá’u’lláh foretells, “That copper can be turned into gold is in itself sufficient proof that gold can, in like manner, be transmuted into copper, if they be of them that can apprehend this truth. Every mineral can be made to acquire the density, form, and substance of each and every other mineral.

I encourage my students to relate what they are learning to applications in some of the huge multi-billion dollar markets of today. I feel that Chemistry is very relevant to our modern-day life, especially with respect to forecasted ability to address disease such as cancer.

According to the Course Details, the program involves 4 modules:

1) Developing research skills in science (S825) – 30 Credits [next offered 01 Oct 2016]
2) Molecules in medicine (S807) – 60 Credits [next offered 28 Jan 2017]
3) Concept to clinic (S827) – 30 Credits – [next offered 01 Oct 2016]
4) MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry (SXM810) – 60 Credits – [next offered 05 Nov 2016]

According to the Listed Fees, the postgraduate fees for non-UK based students:
£9,131 – £12,302 for this MSc, which is $15,695 – 21,150 according to today’s exchange rate using the Universal Currency Converter.

This MSc MOOC supplements rather than supplants traditional university. My time in university qualified me to engage in the teaching profession. This online program, just like the MA program I am currently enrolled in at Royal Roads University, allows me to carry on in my profession while increasing my knowledge and credentials.