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Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #302 (QS) ,
The Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (Hons) programme from University of Dundee sits at the interface between chemistry, pharmacology and molecular biology and includes modern computational methods.


The Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (Hons) in a practical programme offered by University of Dundee at the interface between chemistry, pharmacology and biology that includes modern computational methods combined with chemical and molecular biology techniques.

We live in a new era with detailed knowledge of genes and the abilities to determine three-dimensional molecular structures and to create complex molecules. The Drug Discovery degree utilises these facets to identify drug targets against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, malaria and AIDS and to design and create new cures and safer, more effective drugs whilst also equipping you with extensive knowledge of assay design and development.

You have the option to take the honours degree as either a five-year programme with a year in industry or a four-year programme without a year in industry.


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 or further professional education and training.

The interdisciplinary nature of the programmes also provides generic skills that are applicable to many careers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to the Life Sciences: the early years
  • Introduction to the Life Sciences: why go multicellular?
  • Introduction to Maths, Physics & Chemistry
  • Life: building the organism
  • Life: the underlying structures
  • Laboratory and Research Skills 
  • Science in Society 
  • Introduction to Scientific Enterprise

                                    English Language Requirements

                                    You need the following IELTS score:

                                    • Minimum required score:


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                                    Academic Requirements

                                    General Requirements

                                    • SQA Higher: AABB
                                    • GCE A-Level: ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical)
                                    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma can be considered for the Foundation Year in Life Sciences.
                                    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points 

                                    Tuition Fee

                                    • International

                                      20950 GBP/year
                                      Tuition Fee
                                      Based on the original amount of 20950 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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                                    Living costs for Dundee

                                    • 787 - 1500 GBP/month
                                      Living Costs

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