University of Technology Sydney

C09077v2 Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) (BMedChem(Hons))
CRICOS code: 084273B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus


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Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


The Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) offers training in research and introduces advanced areas of study in medicinal chemistry.

This course provides students with a unique opportunity to undertake original research and gain in-depth knowledge in a particular area of medicinal chemistry. Honours students have access to staff who are leading researchers and experts in their fields. Undertaking an honours course allows students to explore their research potential and develop research skills. Honours also provides a pathway for students interested in pursuing postgraduate studies at master's and doctorate level, and enhances graduates' career and study options.

Career options

Career options include positions in pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology start-ups, clinical trials management and government regulatory authorities.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Apply: Develop and distinguish between experimental skills using established and emerging medicinal chemistry techniques.
1.2 Analyse: Examine and combine knowledge of medicinal chemistry as well as relevant areas in chemistry, biology, and pharmacology.
1.3 Synthesise: Integrate extensive knowledge of the principles of medicinal chemistry to drug design and development.
2.1 Apply: Identify, scope, and investigate problems and make complex logical deductions from evidence.
2.2 Analyse: Discover, gather, and critically evaluate data and academic sources.
2.3 Synthesise: Design complex experiments using medicinal chemistry strategies.
3.1 Apply: Act safely and responsibly in laboratory and practical settings.
3.2 Analyse: Organise and manage a major project using time management and collaborative skills.
3.3 Synthesise: Develop advanced technical skills for effective and ethical contributions to society.
4.1 Apply: Demonstrate well-developed individual and independent learning strategies enabled by peer review and self-reflection.
4.2 Analyse: Discover new information acquired through experimentation to formulate hypotheses.
4.3 Synthesise: Adapt critical thinking skills to develop creative solutions for contemporary medicinal chemistry problems.
5.1 Apply: Demonstrate advanced speaking skills to communicate scientific discovery effectively to peers and other scientific audiences.
5.2 Analyse: Exhibit high-quality writing skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.
5.3 Synthesise: Extend professional interpersonal communication skills to both peers and teaching staff.
6.1 Apply: Demonstrate an appreciation of historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges relevant to medicinal chemistry.
6.2 Analyse: Develop cultural awareness for ethical and respectful practices, and when developing community relations.
6.3 Synthesise: Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, as both experience and analysis, into professional practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

The honours program is open to students who have attained at least a credit average over the final two-thirds of the undergraduate program.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points of core subjects, made up of 6 credit points of coursework study and a 42-credit-point research project.

Course completion requirements

STM91598 Core Subjects 48cp
Total 48cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

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

Further information regarding honours, including available projects and the application process, is available from UTS: Science.