UNSW - Science

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry


Medicinal Chemistry is an exciting, rapidly-expanding area within the broad discipline of chemistry that has seen enormous growth recently both within Australia and globally. It’s, quite simply, the development of new pharmaceutical agents, from concept to clinic.


Degree Overview

  • Duration: 4 years full-time
  • 2014 ATAR - 90.00 | IB - 34
  • UNSW Code: 3992
  • UAC Code: 429720

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics and Chemistry.

Recommended Knowledge

Biology, Physics



What you will study

The Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry is a professionally oriented, truly interdisciplinary degree. It has been designed to ensure that you will have a strong background in contemporary biology, biochemistry and pharmacology, based upon a solid foundation of essential chemistry. Your first year includes study in chemistry, maths and biology.

As you move into your second and third year you will move onto more advanced chemistry as well as biochemistry, contemporary pharmacology and related courses.

By the time you graduate you will be equipped with a unique set of skills, in demand both locally and globally in pharmaceutical companies involved in modern drug design. The multidisciplinary nature of the degree also means you could work in other science-based industries and related fields.

The research focus in your final honours year will also enable you to progress seamlessly into a higher degree should that interest you.

On completion of your degree you are awarded a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry