Pharmaceutical Chemistry or Chemistry at ReadingWatch
Which one has a bigger workload?
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I'm currently a 4th year Chemistry student here at Reading, I'm on the MChem with year in Industry course.
In Chemistry, you typically do 4 hours of labs in first year (an afternoon), a day in 2nd year, and then in your final year it's typically two days when you're working on your project.
Pharmaceutical chemistry would likely be the same in terms of lab time but your practicals would be different and more topical to what you study in pharmaceutical chemistry.
As for workload, there's not a lot of difference. Each year you study 120 credits worth of course content. For pharmaceutical chemistry you study more biological/organic themed courses, whereas with chemistry you'd study a broader variety of topics across all of chemistry.
If you're trying to decide between the courses I'd recommend thinking about what you'd prefer study, what bits of chemistry you like, whether you like biology too, etc. You could also do some research into the topics in the modules - just google these, find some books, etc. as that might help give you a better ideas of the course content to help you decide.
Hope this helps, if there's anything else you'd like to know about Chemistry or Reading uni please don't hesitate to contact me!
(Student Ambassador and Final Year Chemistry student).