Medicinal Chemistry


Medicinal Chemistry is one of the most rapidly developing areas within the discipline of Chemistry, both globally and locally. It is the study of the design, biochemical effects, regulatory and ethical aspects of drugs for the treatment of disease. The aim of Medicinal Chemistry is to produce graduates with an appropriate background in biology and pharmacology, built upon a strong chemistry foundation.

Areas of Study

Medicinal Chemistry on undergraduate level is designed to equip students with a strong grounding in biological and chemical technique which is relevant to the pharmaceutical world. The programme gives an in-depth coverage of the chemical techniques required and relates these to the relevant pharmacology, anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology.

You can study Medicinal Chemistry in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Students completing this multidisciplinary degree programme will have a unique combination of skills: they will be trained in the synthesis, reactivity and analysis of organic compounds and gain valuable insight into the pharmacological, regulatory and ethical aspects of these bioactive compounds.

Career opportunities

Graduates tend to find employment in a wide range of institutions such as hospitals, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, private research institutions, local and national government authorities and agencies and Crown Research Institutes. A large number of emerging spin off and venture capital pharmaceutical companies also seek staff in this area.

More information

For more information see Medicinal Chemistry.