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Monash University, Australia, Clayton

Medicinal chemistry, Bachelor

  • Medicinal chemistry, Bachelor
  • Full-time
  • Duration : 3 years

Student Type

Indicative Fees

AUD 9,050

Study mode

On Campus


Course Highlights

Medicinal chemistry represents the intersection of biology and chemistry, and involves the development of new pharmaceutical agents, from their original conception through to their clinical use.

Career Opportunities

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Course Overview

You will study how drugs work and how they are designed and made. By applying the principles and techniques of organic chemistry, medicinal chemists discover and develop compounds that prevent, treat or cure disease. Your ambition to make an impact on improving people's health and wellbeing will come to the fore when you embark on this specialisation. I want to find another Bachelor Course As a student of Medicinal chemistry you will learn to work in a multidisciplinary, interative feedback cycle of design, synthesis and biological testing to explore innovative ways to optimise the potency, selectivity and absorption of a compound in the body. You will learn to apply the principles of drug action; design and implement approaches to synthesising bioactive molecules; and analyse chemical structures and interactions using computational, spectroscopic and analytical techniques. You will also develop advanced skills in research and analysis, learning to use sophisticated analytical techniques to synthesise and test new drug products and to develop the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly means of production.


Programme Structure Areas of study include: molecular basis of drug action synthetic organic chemistry spectroscopy drug discovery and development synthetic medicinal chemistry medicinal chemistry research project



Academic Entry Requirement

Academic Requirements Non-School leaver requirements All applicants must satisfy the equivalence of the VCE subject prerequisites. Studies must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to admission. Relevant work experience is only used in fine-tuning selection. VET: Due to strong competition for places, Certificate IV or Diploma graduates are unlikely to be offered a place.. VCE VET studies will be considered. University: Preference is given to applicants who have completed the equivalent of a full year of study in an undergraduate degree (e.g. science or biomedical science). A high level of academic achievement at tertiary level is required. Prerequisite studies in Chemistry, English and Mathematics can be met at either the VCE or tertiary level. Other: Studies at Monash College (other than MUFY) are not suitable for entry into Pharmaceutical Science

English Entry Requirement


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