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

School of Life Sciences

This course will see you complete our Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery degree with a year spent working in industry between Level 3 and Level 4

Date of entry

September 2023

Start date
September 2023
5 years
Study mode
Full Time
Dundee City Campus
Applicants with a Student visa

Due to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) restrictions we are unable to accept applications from students who would need a Student visa to study this course.

An alternative option is Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery 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.

Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences courses

Professional accreditation

Royal Society of Biology

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.


World Top 50 for Pharmacy and Pharmacology

QS World Rankings 2022

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