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    I think I may have made a rushed decision.
    I am now in second year uni and was studying Medicinal Chemistry. Today was our first day back, and my friend who also studies the same programme said he is going to drop Medicinal and transfer to straight Chemistry.

    I was having small thoughts of doing this during the summer, but I didn't want to really leave, however I just managed to pass the Medicinal Pharmacy subsidary course by geting 50%. I got 70% overall for first year in the Chemistry core topics.

    I want to find out if there is a major career difference in terms of being a qualified medicinal chemist compared to normal chemist. Do medicinal chemist students have a greater career oppurtunity or is it the same? Do Med. Chem have a broader option of career choice? Is there a huge salary difference?

    By the way I am referring all this as a Masters programme.

    Med chem is in between chemistry and biomedical science - it depends on the job you want to do...if you want to be a synthetic chemist at a large pharmaceutical company then it won't make much difference. I did chemistry with medicinal chemistry, and my advice to you is to do what you want to do...talk to your tutor about it.
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