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Bachelor of Science - Undergraduate Program

Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (MCCB) - The Program

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.

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Career Perspectives

Students who have completed the MCCB program will understand how the life of cells, organisms, and humans is organized at the chemical molecular level.

Key Facts

Program Start Date 2020:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)


€ 20,000 per academic year
+ € 8,000 living expenses


All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.

Application Deadlines 2020:

June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)


3 years full-time


Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 Reasons

5 reasons why you should study Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (MCCB) at Jacobs University

  1.  Study a program with a unique interdisciplinary combination of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  2. Benefit from our research-led education approach and learn from our top scientists and their internationally recognized research
  3. Gain lab experience in our modern, well-equipped labs and facilities
  4. Benefit from small classes and our top student-to-teacher ratio
  5. Profit from our network of successful Alumni for you career in science or business


The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:


Study program structure


THE Young University Ranking 2019 Jacobs University has been top-ranked # 26 of 351 universities worldwide younger than 50 years, #11 in “Teaching” among the young universities worldwide as well as #1 in “International Outlook” and “Teaching” in Germany

CHE Ranking 2019 Jacobs University achieved top results in numerous other areas of the CHE ranking 2019. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses but also questions students themselves.


The laboratories of the MCCB faculty have all of the state-of-the-art instrumentation required to compete on a world-wide research level, and we frequently publish in the top journals within Chemistry and the Life Sciences. Early research opportunities are a hallmark of our program with students often incorporated into our Ph.D. research groups as early as the first year of their B.Sc. study. Because of our low student to faculty ratio, strong mentorship is provided by our Ph.D. students and professors. This extra assistance not only allows students to conduct research projects throughout their career at Jacobs but with real research achievement. For example, many of those same students obtain peer-reviewed publications that are a core component of a successful graduate school application.

Students & Alumni

You get to work in very close proximity with the professors which is irreplaceable in my opinion. It is a program that is as much challenging as it is rewarding.

Margaret Nandudu

Designing solutions for a healthier world has always been one of the great challenges of science. Food, plants and marine algae can have a positive effect on health similar to that of conventional medicine. However, scientists first have to identify and isolate bioactive substances and explore their safe application.
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