Master of Medicinal Chemistry

General

Programme Description

Course summary

There is currently a high demand for graduates in Medicinal Chemistry. The Master of Medicinal Chemistry degree provides vocational training, together with specialised coursework and a small research project.

What you will study

Additional preparatory subjects focus on laboratory work and science communication skills. It provides an alternative career path to PhD studies or up-skilling for the industry.

This degree

This degree is designed through the lens of global perspectives in science where you will also be exposed to emerging technologies such as the use of drones, artificial intelligence AI, coding and virtual reality (google VR) in science data collection and analysis during your first-year core subjects.

The program also integrates your graduate work practice skills to allow you to translate your skills into career ready attributes.

With the appropriate qualifications and laboratory skills, you can be awarded advanced standing for these preparatory subjects.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and judgement in relation to concepts, perspectives and recent developments in medicinal chemistry.
  2. Consolidate and synthesise knowledge of research principles and methods pertinent to medicinal chemistry.
  3. Investigate, analyse and synthesise information, problems and theories associated with medicinal chemistry.
  4. Design and evaluate hypotheses and methodologies by the performance of experiments.
  5. Plan, execute and communicate the results of substantial research-based initiatives in a reflective and ethical way for academic and professional practice.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and reflection.
  7. Justify, interpret and communicate hypotheses, methodologies and conclusions.

Course Structure

To qualify for an award of the degree, the Master of Medicinal Chemistry, candidates must successfully complete 96 credit points as outlined below.

Year 1

Autumn

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SMAH801 Fundamentals of Science Communication 6 Autumn
SMAH803 Fundamentals of Science Data, IT and Emerging Technologies 6 Autumn
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
CHEM812 Contemporary Organic Chemistry 6 Autumn

Spring

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SMAH802 Perspectives in science: A critical appraisal of conspiracy theories 6 Spring
SMAH804 Critical thinking and innovation in Science 6 Spring
MGNT803 Organisational Behaviour and Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
CHEM814 Contemporary Analytical Chemistry 6 Spring

To progress to Year 2 students must achieve a WAM ≥ 70% AND ≥ 70% in the in discipline-based subjects (CHEM).

If students have a WAM <70% and/or <70% in discipline-based subjects they must seek advice from the Head of Students regarding their progression into year 2.

Year 2

For students who commenced year one in Spring session - please see Academic Programme Director (APD) for academic advice.

Autumn

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SMAH910 Global Perspectives in Science 6 Not available in 2019
GWP 900 International Workplace practice 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 3
CHEM944 Advanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 12 Autumn

Spring

Students with a WAM of 75% or above

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SCIE900 International Research Project 24 Autumn, Spring

Students with a WAM of 60%-74%, select 2 of the following 3 subjects to total 24cp for Spring Session, Year 2;

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CHEM910 Research Skills Training 12 Annual, Autumn, Spring, Spring 2019/Autumn 2020, Summer 2019/2020
CHEM930 Concepts in Medicinal Chemistry 12 Spring
CHEM993 Advanced Organic Synthesis and Reactivity 12 Spring

Students with a WAM of less than 60% select 24 credit points from the following list of Management subjects.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MGNT908 Human Resources Development 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT930 Strategic Human Resource Management 6 Trimester 2
MGNT949 Performance Management 6 Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT963 Management of Workplace Health and Safety 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT910 Strategic Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT915 Management of Change 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT920 Organisational Analysis 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT978 Cross-Cultural Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT982 International Business Theory and Practice 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
OPS 909 Total Quality Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 3
OPS 935 Project Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

We have recognised strengths and internationally competitive research programs in Protein Chemistry, Drug Design and Discovery, Organic Chemistry, Biological Mass Spectrometry and Atmospheric Science.

We are well equipped, with dedicated research laboratories and instruments for a diverse range of analytical methods within the biological, chemical and earth and environmental sciences. In addition, we provide ready access to computing facilities and four-wheel drive vehicles for fieldwork.

Admission

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

English Requirements for international students

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

IELTS Academic

  • Overall Score: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

  • Overall Score: 86
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 18
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Last updated Mar 2020

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