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C10275v1 Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry

Award(s): Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (BMedChem)
UAC code: 607065(Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 084274A
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 144
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Further study at UTS
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry is a practice-oriented degree that involves cutting-edge instrumentation, equipping students with the necessary skills for a career as a medicinal chemist.

This course equips graduates with skills to undertake the design, discovery and development of new drugs. The course is a research-inspired, transdisciplinary degree located at the intersection of chemistry, biology and pharmacology. Students develop a solid foundation in chemistry, mathematics and biology in their first year of study underpinning future studies. These topics are expanded further covering pharmacology and drug synthesis strategies in the latter years of study.

Career options

Career options include positions in pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology start-ups, clinical trials management and government regulatory authorities. This course offers graduates a pathway into careers of drug discovery from concept to delivery. Students can choose to work in the range of industries where they have the opportunity to interact with multidisciplinary teams involving pharmacologists, toxicologists, analytical chemists, microbiologists, and biopharmacists. The majority of jobs are with pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology start-ups, clinical trials management or government regulatory authorities.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
2.0 An inquiry-oriented approach
3.0 Professional skills and their appropriate application
4.0 Ability and motivation for continued intellectual development
5.0 Engagement with the needs of society
6.0 Communication skills
7.0 Initiative and innovative ability

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics; any two units of English; and any two science subjects.

Mathematics Extension 1 and Chemistry are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a three-year, full-time basis.

Students may also be able to complete the course in part-time mode, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking six years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.

Course structure

Students must complete 144 credit points of study, made up of 120 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of electives.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students studying this course have an opportunity to undertake an internship subject and receive academic credit for their placement off campus (an external business or research institute) or on campus (UTS research institutes or departments), in a capacity relevant to their academic studies.

Course completion requirements

STM90995 Core subjects (Medicinal Chemistry) 120cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp
Total 144cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
33190 Mathematical Modelling for Science   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Spring session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
33290 Statistics and Mathematics for Science   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
91703 Physiological Systems   6cp
65307 Physical Chemistry 1   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
65508 Organic Chemistry 2   6cp
65411 Inorganic Chemistry 1   6cp
65001 Medicinal Chemistry   6cp
65409 Analytical Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
65005 Strategies in Drug Synthesis   6cp
65606 Analytical Chemistry 3   6cp
Spring session
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp
Spring commencing
Year 1
Spring session
60001 Principles of Scientific Practice   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
33130 Mathematical Modelling 1   6cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
33230 Mathematical Modelling 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
91703 Physiological Systems   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
65508 Organic Chemistry 2   6cp
65411 Inorganic Chemistry 1   6cp
65001 Medicinal Chemistry   6cp
65409 Analytical Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
65005 Strategies in Drug Synthesis   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
65606 Analytical Chemistry 3   6cp
Spring session
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp
Year 4
Autumn session
65307 Physical Chemistry 1   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

Further study at UTS

This course provides students with the requisite knowledge for entry into the UTS Master of Pharmacy which leads to eligibility for qualification as a pharmacist.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
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