Course Description

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.

Tuition Fees

International Students: $31,440 per year full-time


4 years full time, 8 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 74.0% (national average 67.0%)
Improved skills: 87.2% (national average 85.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 89.3% (national average 83.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Wollongong (UOW). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 64.0% (national average 57.2%)
Studying full time: 45.7% (national average 45.2%)
Median full time salary: $54,100 (national average $55,300)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 084858K
University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 1773

Entry Requirements

Lowest ATAR to receive an offer: 74
Median ATAR to receive an offer: 81
Highest ATAR to receive an offer: 98
Guaranteed entry ATAR: 85