2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757613


Medicinal Chemistry covers all elements of the development of new medicines for human use, including the isolation of new medicinal agents from natural sources, the design and synthesis of new drugs, and understanding the cause of diseases at the molecular level.

Medicinal chemists design and synthesise new medicinal and pharmacological agents; develop new dosage forms; monitor guidelines for testing drugs and undertake analyses; assist with drug regulatory affairs; assess patent applications for new drugs; and teach in tertiary institutions.

The degree provides excellent training in the modern techniques of chemical science applied to medicine. This includes specialised courses in drug discovery and design, using both rational, computer-aided and bioprospecting approaches. As well as fundamental training in the chemical sciences, you will also study the concepts needed to understand the effects of the disease state on the human body and the role of drugs. Topics of study include chemistry, physiology, pharmacology and cell biology.

If you do not qualify for direct entry to the degree you may gain admission via the Bachelor of Science, subject to satisfactory performance in at least one year of the degree and approval of the Course Co-ordinator and the Head of Students.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements 

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate extensive and coherent knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with chemistry.
2 Demonstrate extensive and coherent knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with the design and synthesis of medicinal agents, their mode of action and their biological interactions.
3 Demonstrate technical and cognitive skills associated with chemistry, including medicinal chemistry, by locating, analysing and synthesising information to generate solutions to complex questions and problems.
4 Exercise critical analysis of observations and data from primary and secondary sources.
5 Integrate and apply knowledge and skills associated with medicinal chemistry to plan and execute a substantial research project.
6 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to others through a variety of media.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours), a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points, as set out below.

Please note:

  • Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year.
  • Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.
  • Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in 300-level core subjects.
  • This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Progression Requirements

Satisfactory performance must be achieved (normally a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70% or greater in 300-level subjects) for entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) degree. Students with a WAM below 70% in 300-level subjects may only progress into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) with the approval of the Medicinal Chemistry Coordinator. Students who do not gain entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) degree will normally be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry) degree. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Plus, 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
MATH141 Foundations of Engineering Mathematics 6 Autumn, Spring
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A 6 Autumn
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
* The Mathematics subject to study is dependent on the level of Mathematics already achieved by the student (HSC or equivalent). Students may complete only one of these MATH subjects.
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2020/2020
Note: Students completing CHEM104 and CHEM105 and wishing to enrol in 200 level CHEM subject may also be required to complete CHEM106. Please check with the Head of Students for confirmation.
Year 2
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change 6 Spring
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
Year 3
CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn
CHEM374 Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure Elucidation 6 Autumn
Plus, 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Autumn
BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6 Autumn
CHEM324 Chemical Analysis and Inference 6 Autumn
CHEM325 Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Spring
CHEM360 Organic Synthesis III 6 Spring
CHEM333 Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry 6 Spring
Plus, ONE subject from the following list: 
BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring
CHEM370 Modern Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry 6 Spring
Year 4
CHEM470 Selected Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 12 SMAH Annual 
CHEM480 Medicinal Chemistry Project 36 SMAH Annual, SMAH Annual 2020/2020


The class of Honours awarded is based on performance in third and fourth year subjects, based on a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) formula in accordance with Method 3 as defined in the Coursework Rules.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

This degree structure is designed to meet the qualifying standards of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and students meeting the course requirements will be eligible for corporate membership as Chartered Chemists.

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 15 January, 2020