University of Technology Sydney

C10354v2 Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

Award(s): Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (BMedChem)
Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCIInn)

UAC code: 609595 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 088066K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

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


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.

Creative intelligence and innovation training utilises multiple perspectives from diverse fields, integrating a range of industry experiences, real-world projects and self-initiated proposals, equipping graduates to address the wicked problems, complex challenges and untapped opportunities in today's world.

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.

By focusing on the high-level conceptual thinking and problem-solving practices that lead to the development of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial outcomes, students of the combined degree also gain leading edge capabilities that are highly valued in the globalised world, including dealing with critical and creative thinking, invention, complexity, innovation, future scenario building and entrepreneurship, and the ability to work on their own across disciplines. These creative intelligence competencies enable graduates to navigate in a rapidly changing world.

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.

By being creative thinkers, initiators of new ideas, scenario planners, global strategists, open network designers or sustainable futures innovators within their chosen field of study, graduates maximise the potential of their chosen profession, making them highly sought after graduates with the ability to identify and develop solutions to some of the most complex issues that face their disciplines and society.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Apply: Develop 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 the principles of medicinal chemistry to drug design and development.
2.1 Apply: Identify, scope, and investigate problems to make logical deductions from evidence.
2.2 Analyse: Gather and critically evaluate data and academic sources.
2.3 Synthesise: Design experiments using medicinal chemistry strategies.
3.1 Apply: Act safely and responsibly in laboratory and practical settings.
3.2 Analyse: Organise and manage a project using time management and collaborative skills.
3.3 Synthesise: Develop technical skills for effective and ethical contributions to society.
4.1 Apply: Demonstrate individual and independent learning strategies enabled by peer review and self-reflection.
4.2 Analyse: Examine new information acquired through experimentation to formulate innovative hypotheses.
4.3 Synthesise: Apply critical thinking skills to develop creative solutions for contemporary medicinal chemistry problems.
5.1 Apply: Demonstrate speaking skills to communicate scientific discovery effectively to an audience of peers.
5.2 Analyse: Establish high-quality writing skills to effectively communicate reports and other relevant documents in the workplace.
5.3 Synthesise: Develop professional interpersonal communication skills with peers.
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.
CII.1.1 Identify and represent the components and processes within complex systems and organise them within frameworks of relationships
CII.1.2 Select, apply and evaluate various techniques and technologies for investigating and interpreting complex systems
CII.1.3 Discern common qualities of complex systems and model their behaviour
CII.1.4 Generate insights from the creative translation of models and patterns across different systems
CII.2.1 Recognise the nature of open, complex, dynamic and networked problems
CII.2.2 Explore the relevance of patterns, frameworks, approaches and methods from different disciplines, professional practices or fields of inquiry for gaining insights into particular problems, proposals, practices, contexts and systems
CII.2.3 Analyse problem situations or contexts from multiple disciplinary or personal perspectives and integrate findings in creative and useful ways
CII.2.4 Test the value of different patterns, frameworks and methods for exploring and addressing complex challenges
CII.2.5 Interrogate and generate ways to create value and evaluate outcomes
CII.2.6 Examine, articulate and appreciate the speculative or actual value of outcomes for different stakeholders, communities or cultures over time
CII.3.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that are inclusive of and mine for ideas from diverse disciplines
CII.3.2 Design, develop and apply appropriate team-based decision making frameworks and participate collaboratively in teams according to proposed intentions
CII.3.3 Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi-disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts
CII.3.4 Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and persuasively to a diverse team or audience
CII.3.5 Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive
CII.3.6 Recognise problems, challenges and opportunities that require transdisciplinary practices and assemble relevant teams to begin dealing with those problems, challenges and opportunities
CII.4.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively on them
CII.4.2 Work within different community, organisational or cultural contexts to design and develop ideas, strategies and practices for betterment
CII.4.3 Make decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and with sensitivity to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures
CII.4.4 Take a leadership role in identifying and working to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation
CII.5.1 Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intrapreneurship) or by building a new context (entrepreneurship)
CII.5.2 Explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires
CII.5.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation
CII.5.4 Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact


CII = Creative Intelligence and Innovation course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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.

Course duration and attendance

Students can complete the course in four years of full-time study. Full-time attendance involves approximately 24 hours each week on campus. Students may also be able to complete the course part time, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking eight years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points. The Medicinal Chemistry component consists of 144 credit points, made up of 120 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of electives.

The creative intelligence and innovation component comprises 96 credit points. The subjects are undertaken in accelerated form within July and Summer sessions during the first three years of study, and through one full year of study after completion of the professional degree. The Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation is not offered as a separate degree, but is completed only in combination with the professional degree program.

Industrial training/professional practice

In the final year of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, students can undertake between 6 and 12 credit points of internship (work experience) that relates to innovation within their research, career development or core degree specialisations. For students undertaking 12 credit points of internship, international internships may be negotiated.

This course involves significant industry engagement as part of the learning process. Students may be required to relinquish intellectual property when they opt in to certain industry-related experiences, particularly relating to internships and capstone projects.

Course completion requirements

STM90995 Core subjects (Medicinal Chemistry) 120cp
CBK90232 Electives (Science UG) 24cp
STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

A typical full-time program is shown below.

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
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
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
Summer session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
65202 Organic Chemistry 1   6cp
91703 Physiological Systems   6cp
65307 Physical Chemistry 1   6cp
65306 Analytical Chemistry 1   6cp
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
65508 Organic Chemistry 2   6cp
65411 Inorganic Chemistry 1   6cp
65409 Analytical Chemistry 2   6cp
65001 Medicinal Chemistry   6cp
Summer session
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
65606 Analytical Chemistry 3   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
65005 Strategies in Drug Synthesis   6cp
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
91709 Pharmacology 2   6cp
Select 18 credit points of options   18cp
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
81522 Innovation Internship A   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
81521 Envisioning Futures   6cp
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp
Spring session
81524 Professional Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
81525 Innovation Internship B 6cp  
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
81528 New Knowledge-making Lab 6cp  


The Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) (C09077) is available to eligible students with an additional one year of full-time study.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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