University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

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 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.


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


  • Medicinal chemistry

Standard entry 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. Assumed knowledge includes the following: Mathematics
  • Any two units of English
  • And any two science subjects. Mathematics Extension 1 and Chemistry are recommended.


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

Study pathways

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.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $132,768 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Further information

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.

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