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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
On campus
Dundee
English
05 November 2022
Application deadline: International students: 2022-06-30

About this program

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

Higher / Advanced Higher, SQA

  • Standard:AAAAB
  • Widening access:AAAB

The essential subjects are Higher Biology and Chemistry + Nat 5 Mathematics

Level 2 entry

Higher / Advanced Higher, SQA

  • Standard: AB at Advanced Higher + BB at Higher
  • Widening access: AB at Advanced Higher + AB at Higher

The essential subjects are Higher Biology and Chemistry + Nat 5 Mathematics

English language requirements

IELTS Academic

  • 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
  • Science and Society
  • Core Skills 1B

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 in the Life Sciences 2B

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

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

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

Tuition fees:

  • Scotland: £ 1,820 per year of study
  • Ukraine: £ 1,820 per year of study
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £ 9,250 per year of study
  • International: £ 23,650 per year of study

Career paths

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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