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

University of Dundee

60 months
22950 GBP/year
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This BSc Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (with a year in industry) (Hons) from University of Dundee will see you complete our Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery degree with a year spent working in industry between Level 3 and Level 4.


The BSc Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (with a year in industry) (Hons) from University of Dundee 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. 

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.

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 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


This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Biomolecules
  • Evolution of Cells
  • Numeracy, Chemistry and Physics for the Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Statistics and Experimental Design
  • Biomolecular Mechanisms
  • Biochemistry & Cell Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • European Baccalaureate: 70% overall (level 1) 75% overall (level 2)
  • GCE-A Level: Standard: AAB / Widening access: ABB (level 1) Standard: AAB / Widening access: ABB (level 2)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (leve 1), 34 point (level 2)
  • Scottish Baccalaureate: Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry (level 1) Distinction with AB at AH Biology and Chemistry (level 2)
  • SQA Higher/Advanced Higher: Standard: AABB at HigherWidening access: ABBB at Higher (level 1) AB at Advanced Higher and BB at Higher (level 2)
  • SQA Higher National: A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit (level 1) A relevant HNC with grade A in the graded unit and 120 SCQF Credits or A relevant HND with grade AA in the graded units (level 2)
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP): Relevant science subjects with AAA grades
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB and

    Mathematics at GCSE grade C / 4 (level 1) 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22950 GBP per year during 60 months.

Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland - To be confirmed by the Scottish & UK Government per year of studyEU/International - £ 22,950 per year of study

Living costs for Dundee

787 - 1494 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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