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Undergraduate major in Medicinal Chemistry

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

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Postgraduate study options in Medicinal Chemistry

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

Further information

Science Undergraduate Prospectus

Medicinal Chemistry Undergraduate Handbook

Other majors you might be interested in Biomedical Science | Chemistry | Food Science and Nutrition | Pharmacology

Subject description


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 at undergraduate level is designed to equip students with a strong grounding in biological and chemical techniques that are relevant to the pharmaceutical world.




Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Medicinal Chemistry major

Year I

Year II

Year III

Medicinal Chemistry is not available for conjoint degrees.

Plan your degree with our Medicinal Chemistry planner


Career opportunities

The 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.

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.


Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Medicinal Chemistry Undergraduate Handbook.

Alternatively, advisors at the School of Chemical Sciences, located on Level 6 of Building 302 (23 Symonds Street), can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisors. Their opening hours are 8:30am - 5pm.

Phone: + 64 9 923 8527
Email: ugadvice-medchem@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.chemistry.auckland.ac.nz


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