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Chemical Biology and Drug Design - MSc

University of Leeds School of Chemistry

Full time September MSc 12 months full time

About the course

Chemical biology is the application of chemical tools and ideas to biological and medical problems. In this course, you will develop your existing knowledge of chemical structure and reactivity into a thorough understanding of contemporary chemical biology and drug discovery. You’ll also be introduced to topics from the research frontier.

You will be taught by experts from across the Astbury Centre in chemical biology, biophysics and medicinal chemistry to solve problems relevant to contemporary research at the boundary between chemistry, biology and medicine. Visiting lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry will share their expertise in industrially-relevant applications of chemical biology and drug design with you.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related subject where there is a significant amount of chemistry.

We also consider how much experience applicants have in topics directly relevant to the Chemical Biology and Drug Design degree programme and whether you are achieving 2:1 level marks in modules such as: organic, inorganic, physical, analytical and medicinal chemistry; biochemistry; enzymology; molecular biology.

Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Madhurima Das

Madhurima Das is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of New Orleans working on compounds that are widely used throughout medicinal chemistry.

Madhurima chose to do a MSc in Chemical Biology and Drug Design because she wanted to engage in research and development in chemical sciences and contribute to the advancement of technologies to formulate new drugs. The University of Leeds was her preferred choice because “the university offers great infrastructure and the faculty are engaged in innovative research.”

Madhurima specialized in medicinal chemistry during her time at Leeds with a focus on the synthetic aspect of drug discovery. Her final research project involved the synthesis of Silver complexes derived from Clotrimazole which is a known antifungal compound. She said, “The best aspect of my course was the final research project. It helped me develop important skills in the laboratory that are needed to carry out independent research.”

“The objective of my research project was to synthesize novel Silver-N-heterocyclic carbene complexes derived from clotrimazole. These complexes were of interest as these could potentially have antiproliferative activities. However, my project was focused on the synthetic aspect of it. All synthesized complexes were characterized and analyzed for purity and their structures were confirmed using X-ray crystallography.”

“For anyone thinking about joining this couse, I would encourage you to do so. You will get the opportunity to work alongside innovative and dedicated faculty members and researchers which will help you develop skills required for the enhancement of your career.”

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