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Medicinal Chemistry, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #262 (QS) , NJ,
The Medicinal Chemistry program from Rutgers University, brings together the disciplines of chemistry and pharmacology in the design, synthesis, and development of pharmaceutical drugs. 


In the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, our work encompasses the transformation of new chemical entities into potential therapies as well as the study of existing drugs, their biological properties, and their quantitative structure-activity relationships. The Medicinal Chemistry program from Rutgers University is uniquely positioned to leverage recent scientific advances—in particular, the mapping of the human genome—into the discovery and development of novel drugs.

Faculty Research

Our faculty teach undergraduate courses, mentor graduate students, and conduct innovative research in medicinal chemistry. Among the developments emerging from the research groups of our distinguished scientists are:

  • Novel cancer chemotherapy agents, including G-quadruplex stabilizers and new lead compounds within the isozyme-specific topoisomerase II-targeting class
  • Site-specific anticancer prodrugs that activate upon reaching tumor tissue, thus minimizing toxicity and maximizing efficacy
  • Novel methods for using organometallic chemistry in the synthesis and preparation of biologically active molecules
  • A diverse set of chiral ligands that combine with transition metals to form effective catalysts for the synthesis of chiral molecules

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medicinal Chemistry: Research Techniques and Principles
  • Principles of Drug Design
  • Heterocycles in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Interpretation of Organic Spectra
  • Modern Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Independent Research Proposal
  • Seminar in Medicinal Chemistry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    31 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Personal statement, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.
  • GRE General
  • In your personal statement please describe the courses you have taken and any research you have performed in the area of organic chemistry. What is your level of interest in research in the area of synthetic organic medicinal chemistry?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    70460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35230 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    33968 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16984 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New Brunswick

  • 1204 - 2970 USD/month
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