Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery BSc (Hons)

School of Life Sciences

Learn about and connect chemistry with pharmacology and biology, and use techniques from molecular and chemical biology to find new ways to fight diseases.

Date of entry

September 2024

Start date
September 2024
4 or 3 years
Dundee City Campus

Biological chemistry and drug discovery brings together chemistry, pharmacology, and biology. It uses techniques from molecular and chemical biology to find new treatments for diseases.

Our Drug Discovery Unit brings together lab-focused academic research and industry-scale drug development to create new drugs to fight infections and other diseases.

We are also ranked in the top 50 for pharmacy and pharmacology in the QS World University Rankings 2022.

Our course curriculum is shaped by the work of our world-leading researchers to make sure you’re learning the latest advances. This will also help you gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the field.

Throughout your degree, you can pick modules that appeal most to you, highlighting to employers were your interests lie.

Your first two years of study will explore core concepts such as:

  • genetics
  • cell biology
  • biological organisation
  • molecular mechanisms and processes

You will develop your practical skills such as laboratory skills, data analysis, and experiment design. This will prepare you for designing and carrying out projects later in your course.

You’ll then focus on more detailed aspects of biological chemistry and drug discovery at Levels 3 and 4. You will also take part in a semester long research project based around one chosen area of the current world-class research in Life Sciences.

“ I love attending my practicals at the laboratory, which I admit, is one of the best I've ever been in, with its many equipment and materials that I never used or encountered before.”

Jia Qi Ng, BSc Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery, from Malaysia

Professional accreditation

Royal Society of Biology

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

Traineeships and internships

We offer a range of lab-based research traineeships and industry internships, as well as opportunities in other countries, all giving you invaluable experience and boosting your career opportunities.

Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences courses


World Top 50 for Pharmacy and Pharmacology

QS World Rankings 2022

QS logo for World University Rankings - University of Dundee is in the top 50 for Pharmacy and Pharmacology.
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