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I am currently studying for my AS levels (maths, biology, chemistry and geography) and want to go into drug development. I have so far done some work experience in a lab for developing a drug. I am wondering how to get into this field of work and am thinking about studying biochemistry, is this the best option?
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Thought he asked how to start doing drugs
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(Original post by 1tnedutS)
I am currently studying for my AS levels (maths, biology, chemistry and geography) and want to go into drug development. I have so far done some work experience in a lab for developing a drug. I am wondering how to get into this field of work and am thinking about studying biochemistry, is this the best option?
It depends what kinda aspect you want to go into. Drug development involves biologists who look at and study drug targets and chemists that actually find the molecules that bind to these targets and synthesise them. Biochemistry (despite its name) tends to be more towards the biology side of things. Biological chemistry/medicinal chemistry/just straight chemistry would be a good option for getting more into the chemical side of things. Any biological course would be good for studying targets but biochemistry/molecular biology would probably train you best.
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I was about to hit the report button until I read the OP.
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I was about to hit the report button until I read the OP.
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Thanks Asklepios, i want to go into the chemical side of it. What is the biology/chemistry ratio in biochemistry roughly?
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Haha i should have phrased the title better sorry oops
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Also biological chemistry and pharmacology (not pharmacy!) degrees, but a general biochemistry or chemistry degree would give the widest choice of career.

Biochemistry tends to be quite light on the actual chemistry these days, but a combination with biological chemistry or straight chemistry is available. Alternatively, chemistry plus biomedical science might be a good option for you.
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I am currently studying for my AS levels (maths, biology, chemistry and geography) and want to go into drug development. I have so far done some work experience in a lab for developing a drug. I am wondering how to get into this field of work and am thinking about studying biochemistry, is this the best option?
Pharmacology maybe?
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I was thinking about maybe studying pharmacology but I can't find much information on it, is it a new course?
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I was thinking about maybe studying pharmacology but I can't find much information on it, is it a new course?
Pharmacology is essentially the study of how drugs act in the body, from what their biological action is to how they are absorbed, metabolised and excreted. It wouldn't give you very much in terms of the chemistry of drug discovery though. Though like a previous poster said, a joint honours is always possible.

I would go for straight chemistry or biological chemistry as your main degree then pick up outside courses in biochemistry/pharmacology, but it depends what you enjoy.
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Ok thankyou very much for replying!
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