Medicinal Chemistry (Hons)/Law - 4755

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Law


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 6.5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 312

UAC Code: 426000

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours)

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Program Description

This program is for new 2018 commencing students. If you are a continuing student please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you started your Dual Law degree or contact the Faculty of Law for advice.

This program combines the professional LLB program with Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours). Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) is an exciting, rapidly-expanding area within the broad discipline of Chemistry that has seen enormous growth recently both within Australia and globally. It includes the development of new pharmaceutical agents, from Concept to Clinic. Many different stages are involved; from the design and synthesis of novel drug candidates, to their biochemical effects, testing regimes and regulatory and ethical considerations. The Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) program had been designed to ensure that graduates will have a strong background in contemporary biology, biochemistry and pharmacology, based upon a solid foundation of essential chemistry. Combining this with a Bachelor of Laws also equips students with an understanding of the law, important in this industry, and provides graduates with a degree that is recognized as satisfying the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW.

The program is a six and a half year full-time combined program leading to the award of the two degrees of Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws.

The degree of Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours)/Bachelor of Laws is not awarded until the completion of the full six and a half year program, but students unable to complete the full program may apply to transfer to the four year Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) 3999 with advanced standing where appropriate.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

At the completion of this program, students will have obtained a sound knowledge base in the disciplines of both Medicinal Chemistry and Law. Please refer to the program objectives and learning outcomes as listed:

Program Structure

    Total Unit Requirements
    Law compulsory courses - 96 UOC
    Law Prescribed Elective - 6 UOC
    Law elective courses - 42 UOC
    Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) core program (including Honours) - 168 UOC
    Total 312 UOC

    Approved Sequence of Study
    Students must study Medicinal Chemistry courses in a sequence approved by the Faculty of Science and Law courses in a sequence approved by the Faculty of Law. A typical structure of a combined Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) /Law program is set out below. An approved sequence can be found here:

    Plan for Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) /Law 4755

    General Education Requirements

    Students enrolled in combined law degrees (with exception to Jurisprudence/Law) are not required to complete general education courses.


    Honours in Medicinal Chemistry
    For details regarding honours in the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours), please refer to the information under ‘Honours’ on the 3999 Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) program page.

    Honours in Laws
    High achieving students may be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

    Please visit the Honours in law website for further information about the current Honours policy (applicable to students who commenced the LLB in 2014 or earlier) and the new policy (applicable to students who commenced the LLB from 2015 onwards).

    Academic Rules

    Requirements for the Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) in concurrent mode
    Where a student undertakes a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) program as part of a dual degree with another undergraduate program at UNSW, the program rules for the Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) are as follows:
    1. Students must complete a minimum of 168 Units of Credit.
    2. Students must follow the program of study as outlined in this Handbook, including 108 units of credit of core courses and at least 12 units of credit of courses from the approved electives list (see the 3999 Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) page for details).
    3. An Honours Year of 48 units of credit must be completed. No student may commence Honours until stages 1 to 3 have been completed successfully. For information regarding the admission requirements and application process for honours, please see the information under 'Honours' on the 3999 Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) page.
    4. No student may commence level II courses until 30 units of credit of level I courses have been successfully completed. Any exception to this rule must be approved by the Program Authority.
    5. Students may commence level III courses upon successful completion of 72 units of credit.
    Progression to Stages 3 and 4 is subject to academic performance. Students will be required to maintain a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65% for progression to Stage 3, and Stage 4.

    Students who do not meet the requirement to enter Honours will be transferred to 3970 Bachelor of Science or 4770 Bachelor of Science/Law will, on successful completion of the first three stages of 3999 Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours), graduate with the degree of Bachelor of Science 3970. Students who transfer to program 3970 or 4770 before successfully completing all requirements of program 3999 will be required to complete a major in 3970 as specified in the Handbook.

    Requirements for the Bachelor of Laws
    For Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Laws component of this combined degree program, please refer to Bachelor of Law 4701. Although this program is no longer on offer, all combined law students enrolled in the LLB will need to comply with the rules stated here.

    A direct link is given below:
    Bachelor of Laws 4701


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