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Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (with a Year in Industry) Bsc (Hons)

University of Dundee
5 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Dundee
English

Program description

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (with a year in industry) BSc (Hons)

Drug discovery and biological chemistry integrate chemistry, pharmacology and biology and use techniques from molecular and chemical biology to find new treatments for diseases.

At Dundee, our Drug Discovery Unit bridges lab-focused academic research and industry-scale drug development to create new drugs to fight infections and other diseases. Expertise from this fast-moving field has shaped this course.

The degree starts with a broad range of life sciences topics at Levels 1 and 2. You’ll then focus on biological chemistry and drug discovery at Levels 3 and 4, spending a year between these levels of study working in a related industry - for example in a commercial lab.

Your first two years of study will explore core concepts like genetics, cell biology, biological organisation, molecular mechanisms and processes. You will develop practical skills, including laboratory skills, data analysis, and experiment design. This will prepare you for working on projects at Levels 3 and 4.

Our course curriculum is shaped by the work of our world-leading researchers to make sure you’re learning the latest advances, as well as gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of the field.

Throughout your degree, you can pick modules that interest you and possibly transfer on to one of our other courses if you choose the relevant modules.

Laboratory sessions throughout your degree will help you integrate knowledge and practical skills, as well as develop strong transferable skills, both in and out of the lab.

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Admission requirements

Level 1 entry

Grade requirements

  • Standard: AABB at Higher
  • Widening access: ABBB at Higher

Essential subjects

  • Higher - Biology and Chemistry and
  • National 5 / Intermediate 2 - Mathematics at C or
  • Standard Grade - Mathematics at 3

Level 2 entry

Grade requirements

  • AB at Advanced Higher and
  • BB at Higher

Essential subjects

  • Advanced Higher - Biology and Chemistry and
  • Higher - different subjects and
  • National 5 / Intermediate 2 - Mathematics at C or
  • Standard Grade - Mathematics at 3

English language requirements

  • IELTS (overall) - 6.0
  • Reading - 5.5
  • Listening - 5.5
  • Speaking - 5.5
  • Writing - 6.0

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Level 1

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Biomolecules
  • Evolution of Cells
  • Core Skills in the Life Sciences 1A
  • Genes & Heredity
  • Origins of Animal Organ Systems
  • Core Skills 1B

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Numeracy, Chemistry and Physics for the Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • The Poison Pen
  • Science and Society
  • Introduction to Scientific Enterprise
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

Level 2

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Statistics and Experimental Design
  • Cellular Communication
  • Core Skills 2A
  • Human Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Biomolecular Mechanisms
  • Core Skills 2B

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences
  • Data Analysis for the Life Sciences
  • Introductory Programming for Life Sciences
  • Developing Scientific Enterprise
  • Introductory Anatomy

Level 3

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Molecular Structure & Interactions
  • Biochemistry & Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Gene Regulation & Expression
  • Drug Discovery & Development
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Practical Project A

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Immunology
  • Applied Bioinformatics
  • Practical Project B
  • Cell Proliferation and Survival Mechanisms underlying Disease
  • Science Communication

Level 4

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Research Project: Biological Sciences
  • Research Skills in Biological Sciences
  • Advanced Modern Drug Discovery
  • Chemical Biology

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • Advanced Plant Sciences
  • Advanced Molecular Microbiology
  • Advanced Gene Regulation & Expression
  • Parasitology
  • Advanced Cell Signalling
  • Cancer Pharmacology and Treatment

Level 5

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • MSci Research Skills
  • MSci Project Planning
  • MSci Research Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Scotland: £ 1,820 per year
  • EU settled / pre-settled status: £ 1,820 per year
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 9,250 per year
  • EU and International: £ 22,950 per year

Career opportunities

The Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery degree can lead to a wide range of careers including:

  • research and development in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries
  • chemical, pharmaceutical or biomedical research in universities or research institutes
  • teaching in further or higher education
  • scientific publishing
  • scientific patenting

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