Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

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) (Dean's Scholar) is for high achieving students, in recognition of their meritorious performance. As a Dean’s Scholar, you will be invited to participate in networking, enrichment and mentoring opportunities that will give you a valuable edge when entering the job market. The degree provides excellent training in the modern techniques of chemical science applied to medicine.

During your fourth (Honours) year, 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.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1772

ATAR-SR

95

IB Score

37

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

084840J

UAC Code

757619

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 95 or an IB of 37. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

70

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$16,056 (2021)

$128,448 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate extensive and coherent knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with chemistry.
2 Demonstrate extensive and coherent knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with the design and synthesis of medicinal agents, their mode of action and their biological interactions.
3 Demonstrate technical and cognitive skills associated with chemistry, including medicinal chemistry, by locating, analysing and synthesising information to generate solutions to complex questions and problems.
4 Exercise critical analysis of observations and data from primary and secondary sources.
5 Integrate and apply knowledge and skills associated with medicinal chemistry to plan and execute a substantial research project.
6 Communicate Knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to others through a variety of media.
7 Apply knowledge of research principles and research skills in a variety of research contexts.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points, as outlined below.

Please note:

  • Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year.
  • 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.

Progression Requirements

To maintain a place in the Dean’s Scholar program, students are normally required to achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75% in the 200 and 300 level subjects completed. The performance of each student will be reviewed initially by the Faculty after the completion of 72 credit points. Students not meeting the minimum progression requirements will be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry).

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Plus 12 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
MATH141 Foundations of Engineering Mathematics 6 Autumn, Spring
or
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A 6 Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
or
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
* The Mathematics subject to study is dependent on the level of Mathematics already achieved by the student (HSC or equivalent). Students may only complete one of the listed MATH subjects.
Spring
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Summer
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2020/2021
Students completing CHEM104 and CHEM105 and wishing to enrol in a 200 level CHEM subject may also be required to complete CHEM106. Please check with the Head of Students for confirmation.
Year 2
Autumn
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
Spring
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change 6 Spring
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn
CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn
CHEM374 Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure Elucidation 6 Autumn
SCIP300 Advanced Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience Project 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
Plus, ONE subject from the following list:
BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Autumn
BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6 Autumn
CHEM324 Chemical Analysis and Inference 6 Autumn
Spring
CHEM325 Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Spring
CHEM360 Organic Synthesis III 6 Spring
CHEM333 Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry 6 Spring
Plus, ONE subject from the following list:
CHEM370 Modern Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry 6 Spring
BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring
Year 4
CHEM470 Selected Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 12 SMAH Annual
CHEM480 Medicinal Chemistry Project 36 SMAH Annual

 

Honours

The class of Honours awarded is based on performance in third and fourth year subjects, based on a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) formula in accordance with Method 3 as defined in the Coursework Rules.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

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.

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

Working in science requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You will participate in practical classes in our purpose-built Sciences Teaching Facility in the Science Precinct of the campus or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers.

UOW is expanding its science precinct with world-leading technologies for scientific research and our undergraduate learning is designed to be deeply integrated with cutting-edge research in chemistry, biology, life and earth sciences. Such advances bring disciplines together to tackle the world’s major 21st century challenges. The courses you take are taught by the scientists who are leading researchers. Thus the knowledge and skills that you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.