Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours)

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

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, monitor guidelines for testing drugs and analyse drug regulatory affairs, assess patent applications for new drugs, and teach in tertiary institutions.The Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) provides excellent training in the modern techniques of chemical science applied to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic agents. During the fourth (Honours) year of this degree, you will undertake a substantial piece of independent research in Medicinal Chemistry, under the supervision of a leading researcher, together with other course work. On completion you will be ready for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies (health, agriculture, food and drug administration), or research organisations.


The Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) requires the successful completion of 192 credit points of subjects as specified below.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.Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) may wish to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year.Progression RequirementsSatisfactory 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 degree.Students who have completed CHEM104 and CHEM105 and are proceeding to CHEM211, CHEM212 and CHEM213, must (a) have obtained marks of at least 80% in both CHEM104 and CHEM105, (b) complete additional directed study by two weeks before the start of the session in which the CHEM21X subjects are taken and (c) obtain permission of Head of Students. For information about the additional directed study materials contact the CHEM104 Subject Coordinator.


  • Medicinal chemistry

Standard entry requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.


The degree structure is designed to meet the qualifying standards of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Students who meet the course requirements will be eligible for corporate membership as Chartered Chemists.

Study pathways

If applicants can demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes for UOW subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, they may be eligible for credit towards their degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for a specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded. A Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Honours (Dean's Scholar) degree is also available.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Wollongong International: $141,888 No
  • Full-time : 4 years

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