Students who complete the Graduate Diploma (Medicinal Chemistry specialisation) will develop the capacity to view the world from a molecular perspective and will have the ability to solve complex problems that span the breadth of chemistry and other sciences with a focus on medicinal chemistry. The pharmacology component introduces students to the unified study of the interaction between chemical agents and living matter. Pathways for Graduate Diploma (Medicinal Chemistry specialisation) students will include careers in research (through further study including MSc and PhD programs in chemistry and allied areas), teaching, government and professional positions.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete the Graduate Diploma (Medicinal Chemistry Specialisation) should be able to:
- Demonstrate an independent approach to chemical and pharamcological knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
- Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of chemical problems;
- Act and communicate as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force;
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of appropriate instrumentation and technologies for the acquisition, processing, interpretation and modelling of data;
- Demonstrate expertise in the experimental investigation and solution of qualitative and quantitative problems in the chemical sciences, both individually and in teams;
- Define the actions of important drugs used clinically and in research;
- Explain how the actions of new drugs are characterised and outline how drugs can be used to investigate questions of biological processes and signalling;
- Explain the process of drug discovery and development;
- Employ laboratory techniques and analytical approaches in different areas of pharmacology including the analysis and interpretation of data derived from experiments.
Last updated: 12 November 2022