Bachelor of Science

Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology

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3 years
20,000 Euro


The global pharmaceutical industry requires well-trained scientists who have the education and ambition to drive innovative drug development. The Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (MCCB) program places the student at the forefront of those efforts by providing a fundamental understanding of the drug-body interaction from the molecular to the physiological level. By engaging this broader approach, that is, not only trying to cure disease (medicinal chemistry) but also placing an emphasis on the underlying associated cellular pathways (chemical biology), further innovative opportunities for treating disease will come forward. In this regard the MCCB program is unique within the German academic landscape and should help bridge the evolving needs of the high growth pharmaceutical industry.

Job description and job opportunities

Students who have completed the MCCB program will understand how the life of cells, organisms, and humans is organized at the chemical molecular level. This opens the door to graduate education (most often in biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, or organic chemistry) but also to a wide variety of career choices ranging from the strictly scientific (entry level industrial positions in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or food industries) to education (elementary or high school), to regulatory affairs (analytical food testing laboratories, quality management, etc.) to legal counsel (patent attorney, licensing, etc.) to start-ups. The critical, goal-oriented, skills acquired from your in-depth analysis of chemical-biological problems may also be recognized by headhunters as transferable to non-scientific areas of employment. The mandatory MCCB summer internship, most often within the industrial research sector, is a professional growth experience that is invaluable for aiding students in their career making decision process.

The Career Services Center (CSC) as well as the Jacobs Alumni Office help students in their career development. The CSC provides students with high-quality training and coaching in CV creation, cover letter formulation, interview preparation, effective presenting, business etiquette and employer research as well as in many other aspects, thus helping students identify and follow up rewarding careers after their time at Jacobs University. Furthermore, the Alumni Office helps students establish a long-lasting and worldwide network which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.

Today’s business world requires disciplinary knowledge from graduates as well as the ability to apply this knowledge. Career-related services at Jacobs University provide information, counseling and training, networks, and events. Jacobs University’s students participate in trainings on project management, business communication, job interview skills, and more. Digital job and internship portfolios help students to prepare for their career.


The ?rst study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. MCCB Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 30 CP will be from their intended major.

Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.

MCCB students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:

  • CHOICE Module: General Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: General Biochemistry (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: General Organic Chemistry (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: General Cell Biology (7.5 CP)

In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-speci?c CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.

MCCB students take 30 CP from the following CORE modules:

  • CORE Module: Medicinal Chemistry (5.0 CP)
  • CORE Module: Chemical Biology (5.0 CP)
  • CORE Module: Advanced Organic Chemistry (5.0 CP)
  • CORE Module: Pharmaceutical Chemistry (5.0 CP)
  • CORE Module: Advanced Organic and Analytical Laboratory (5.0 CP)
  • CORE Module: Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology Laboratory (5.0 CP)

Students can decide to either complement their studies by taking the following mandatory elective CORE modules (15 CP) within MCCB:

  • CORE Module: Scientific Software and Databases (5.0 CP)
  • CORE Module: High Throughput Screening (5.0 CP)
  • CORE Module: Computational Drug Discovery (5.0 CP)

Or substitute these modules with CORE modules from a second field of studies according to interest and with the aim to pursue a minor.

During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.

The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.

MCCB students take major-specific or major-related, advanced Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.

MCCB students can choose four of the following Specialization Modules:

  • Specialization: Fluorine in Organic Synthesis and Drug Development (5.0 CP)
  • Specialization: Advanced Organic Synthesis (5.0 CP)
  • Specialization: Current Topics in the Molecular Life Sciences (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Organometallic Chemistry (5.0 CP)
  • Specialization: Supramolecular Chemistry (5.0 CP)

Admission/Entrance requirements

Admission to Jacobs University is selective and is based on a candidate’s school and/or university achievements, recommendations, self-presentation, and performance on required standardized tests. Students admitted to Jacobs University demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, intellectual creativity, and the desire and motivation to make a difference in the world. Please note that there is no application fee.

Fees & Finances

We believe that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle we live by here at Jacobs University. This is why we offer students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example. You only start repaying the deferred tuition fees once you successfully entered the job market. That way you can focus completely on your studies. We are convinced that a Jacobs’ education will form the perfect foundation for your future career – that is why we are happy to invest in you. Our financing options are automatically available to you upon admission to a study program.

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  • Excellence in the selection of students and professors, in the structuring of our syllabuses and the associated performance requirements for students and faculty
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