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Medicinal Chemistry - Postgraduate options

Medicinal Chemistry - quick facts
Taught by School of Chemical Sciences
Available as a subject for

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons))

Undergraduate study options in Medicinal Chemistry

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Further information

Science Postgraduate Prospectus

Medicinal Chemistry Postgraduate Handbook

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Subject description

Nicola Brant, postgraduate candidate, Medicinal Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences


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 this programme is to produce graduates with an appropriate background in biology and pharmacology, built upon a strong chemistry foundation.

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.



Structure and prerequisites

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) - Medicinal Chemistry

The prerequisite is a major in Medicinal Chemistry and at least 90 points at Stage III.



Career opportunities

Graduates are equipped with a unique combination of skills: you will be trained in synthesis, reactivity and analysis of organic compounds, but in addition will have a valuable insight into the pharmacological aspects of bioactive compounds. Training in genetic and molecular biology will stand you in good stead for employment in drug design, which is driven by genomics and proteonomics.

The global market for ethical pharmaceuticals approached a trillion dollars ($NZ) in 1999 (Science, 2000, 287, 1952) and medicinal chemists are in great demand in all the research and development sectors that produce these products (sectors such as Research Institutes and Universities, global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and also the business sector developing emerging new technologies). In New Zealand alone there are exciting career opportunities in New Zealand's developing pharmaceutical companies. Neuronz, an Auckland based pharmaceutical company, has indicated a strong need for graduates of this type of programme and is supporting it with a limited number of student scholarships.


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Medicinal Chemistry Postgraduate Handbook or contact:

Professor Margaret Brimble
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88259
Email: m.brimble@auckland.ac.nz

Alternatively, advisors at the School of Chemical Sciences can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisors. 

Phone: + 64 9 373 7599 ext 88343
Email: pgscience@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.chemistry.auckland.ac.nz