Medicinal chemistry is an area within the broad discipline of chemistry that develops new pharmaceutical agents, from concept to clinic. Graduates will be equipped with a unique and wide harmony of professionally orientated skills, from fundamental chemistry to relevant pharmacology and molecular biology skills. This degree is an interdisciplinary program between the Schools of Chemistry, Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences and the Pharmacology section of the Faculty of Medicine.

How to structure your degree

Students of Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) complete 24 courses plus an honours year taken over four years if studying full-time.

The degree contains a core set of courses that build on the foundational science taught in the first year, culminating in a final honours year. Find out more about your honours year

Choosing your courses 

  • There are lots of compulsory courses in the medicinal chemistry program, so you should follow the degree structure outlined in the UNSW Handbook closely. 
  • Browse for elective courses and general education by area of interest or subject area. 
  • Use the undergraduate degree templates to help you map out your bachelor’s degree. 

TIP: When using the Handbook or the undergraduate degree templates, always select the year you commenced studying science at UNSW. Follow these rules throughout your degree.

Following your degree requirements 

All rules are outlined in the Handbook and we encourage you to use this in conjunction with the degree templates to ensure you are selecting courses that count towards your degree. If you’re approaching the end of your studies, you can request a progression check and our staff will provide an outline of your remaining degree requirements.

Still have questions?

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