University of Dundee

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

University of Dundee
In Dundee

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Dundee (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
Start September
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Dundee (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years
  • Start:

Drug discovery is a practical science 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.

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· Who is it intended for?

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.

· Requirements

AABB at Higher including biology and chemistry, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) ABB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics at C / 4

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What you'll learn on the course

Biological Chemistry
Drug Discovery
Life Sciences
Physics & Chemistry

Course programme

Levels 1 and 2

All Life Sciences degree programmes share common core modules at Level 1 that provide a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practical work and field excursions.

Level 1 - core modules

  • BS11001 - Introduction to the Life Sciences: the early years
  • BS11002 - Introduction to the Life Sciences: why go multicellular?
  • BS11003 - Laboratory and Research Skills 1A
  • BS11004 - Laboratory and Research Skills 1B
  • BS11005 - Introduction to Maths, Physics & Chemistry
  • BS12001 - Life: building the organism
  • BS12002 - Life: the underlying structures
  • BS12003 - Laboratory and Research Skills 1C
  • BS12004 - Laboratory and Research Skills 1D
  • BS12005 - Science in Society (optional)
  • BS12008 - Introduction to Scientific Enterprise (optional)
Level 1 - optional modules
  • BS11006 - The Poison Pen (optional)
Level 2 - core modules
  • BS21001 - The Evolution of Modern Life
  • BS21002 - The Gene and the Cell
  • BS21003 - Laboratory and Research Skills 2A
  • BS21004 - Laboratory and Research Skills 2B
  • BS22001 – Biomedical Sciences (20 credits)
  • BS22002 – Biological Sciences
  • BS22003 – Laboratory and Research Skills 2C
Level 2 - optional modules
  • BS21008 - Bioinorganic, Biophysical and Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences Workshops
  • BS21009 - Data analysis for the Life Sciences
  • BS21010 - Introductory Programming for Life Sciences
  • BS21011 - Developing Scientific Enterprise
Level 3

Specialist topics cover biochemistry, synthetic chemistry, analytical techniques and pharmacology.
  • Level 3 - core modules
  • BS31003 - Molecular Structure & Interactions
  • BS31004 - Biochemistry & Cell Biology
  • BS31005 - Genetics
  • BS31006 - Gene Regulation & Expression
  • BS32003 - Drug Discovery and Development
  • BS32007 - Organic Synthesis
  • BS32012 - Practical Project B
Optional modules
  • BS32004 - Molecular Microbiology
  • BS32006 - Cell Signalling
  • BS32011 - Practical Project A
  • BS32022 - Human Morphogenesis and embryonic development
  • BS32029 - Cell Proliferation and Survival Mechanisms Underlying Disease
  • BS32030 - Data and Statistical Analysis
Between Levels 3 and 4

A year working in industry if you have chosen the degree programme with a year in industry.

Level 4

At level 4, you will carry out more advanced study of topics in the field of drug design and development, these will be at the level of current research in your chosen subject area.

You will be able to choose additional topics from a wide range of specialist research areas within life sciences according to your personal interests.
Your studies will involve extensive use of scientific literature and the opportunity to attend a regular programme of seminars given by invited speakers from Britain and abroad.
  • Level 4 - core modules
  • BS41004/07 - Research Project
  • BS41005/06 - Research Skills
  • BS42004: Advanced Modern Drug Discovery
  • BS42011: Advanced Organic Chemistry
Level 4 - optional modules
  • BS42003: Advanced Bioinformatics
  • BS42005: Advanced Plant Sciences
  • BS42007: Cancer Biology
  • BS42009: Advanced Molecular Microbiology
  • BS42010: Advanced Gene Regulation & Expression
  • BS42012: Parasitology
  • BS42013: Advanced Cell Signalling
  • BS42027: Cancer Pharmacology and Treatment

Additional information

Overseas students (non-EU) Fee -  £20,950 per year of study

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