MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

The development and manufacture of medicinal products and their impact on the human body.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Medical chemistry combines chemistry with subjects from the health sciences and molecular biology. You begin with an introduction to medical chemistry and you will get a solid education in chemistry along with molecular biology and health science subjects, plus the auxiliary subjects of mathematics and physics.

Studying on the medical chemistry programme

The course programme at Medical Chemistry is based on lectures, theoretical exercises, calculation assignments and computer exercises. You and your classmates will work together on laboratory experiments and on preparing reports about these experiments. This is where you will learn how different chemical substances are produced and how it is to work with the structure and properties of these substances.

Chemistry with a health science focus

Medical chemistry is based on basic subjects such as organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and theoretical Chemistry. You will combine your knowledge of chemistry with health science subjects such as physiology and cell biology. You will learn about the body's processes, how disease alters these processes, and how drugs can alleviate these changes. During the degree programme you will specialise in either analysis, structure and design, or in organic synthesis.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor’s degree in medical chemistry, you will be qualified for a number of Master’s degree programmes This could e.g. be the Master's degree programme in medical chemistry, which can lead to job opportunities within the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry and the healthcare system. You could end up working together with doctors, biologists and pharmacists on the development and manufacture of medicines, diagnostic tools and vaccines.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22150

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics A and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics A and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Physics B and Chemistry A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry A

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A
  • Physics B or Geoscience A
  • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

If there are more qualified applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in medical chemistry, you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Studying on the medical chemistry programme

During the first two years of the Bachelor's degree programme you will have around 25 hours of scheduled lessons a week. In addition, you should expect to spend 20 to 25 hours a week on preparation, independent study, calculation assignments and writing reports. During the course of the degree programme the number of lessons decreases, while the degree of independent studying increases. 

A typical timetable for the second quarter of the Bachelor's degree programme in medical chemistry could look like this: 

Monday

08:00–11:00: Philosophy of Medical Chemistry (theoretical exercises)

11:00–12:00: Inorganic Chemistry (lectures)

12:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (theoretical exercises) 

Tuesday

12:00–14:00: Inorganic Chemistry (theoretical exercises)

14:00–17:00: Calculus 2 (laboratory work) 

Wednesday

12:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (lecture) 

Thursday

09:00–12:00: Philosophy of Medical Chemistry (lecture)

12:00–15:00: Inorganic Chemistry (theoretical exercises) 

Friday

08:00–12:00: Inorganic Chemistry (laboratory work)

12:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (lecture) 

Independent work and classes that provide a sense of community

At the start of your study programme you will be assigned to a class of students and you will do most of your laboratory work and calculation assignments together with them. Your class will function in much the same way as at your upper secondary school. Teaching is a combination of lectures, theoretical exercises and laboratory work. The theoretical exercises and laboratory work take place as classroom instruction, while the lectures can be for several hundred students. 

Research and teaching - two sides of the same coin

The degree programme in medical chemistry primarily takes place at the Department of Chemistry. he course programme is based on the latest research being carried at the department, and all of your lecturers are carrying out research within various fields. This means that your teachers will be communicating the latest knowledge from the world of research, which makes the teaching relevant and accessible.

Students: The body and its chemical processes are fascinating

"I am studying medical chemistry because what fascinates me is both biochemistry in a broad sense and the processes that take place in the body when it is exposed to chemicals. For example, what happens to the insulin levels in a diabetics body after they have eaten?

Sara Ehrhorn, undergraduate student, Medical Chemistry 

The Chemistry Show, UNF and @lkymia

At the Department of Chemistry you can find academic sparring and work on assignments in the study café, and you can participate in various social initiatives and events. For example, you can be part of the chemistry show, which uses everyday chemicals in a surprising and spectacular way for impressive experiments. You can join the department’s social association @lkymia, which organises a Friday bar almost every Friday and four-five big parties during the year. The Danish Youth Association of Science - UNF is the youth association for natural sciences. They organise various lectures, summer camps and company visits.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Study for two more years and become a Master’s graduate

The majority of graduates from the Bachelor’s degree programme in medical chemistry choose to continue studying on a Master’s degree programme. With a Bachelor's degree programme in medical chemistry you will be qualified for the Master’s degree programmes in chemistry and medical chemistry. You can also continue your studies by taking other subjects such as e.g. bioinformatics, biology, biomedical engineering and molecular biology. 

Job opportunities everywhere

As a medical chemist graduate, you will be able to work in the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry and the healthcare system. You could e.g. work with clinical diagnostic methods in a hospital laboratory. Medical chemists often work together with doctors, biologists and patients on the development of medicines, diagnostic tools and vaccines.