In the first half of the year, you’ll cover a core range of modules that provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory of chemical biology, while training you in the techniques you will later require for drug design. In the second half of the year, you’ll spend the majority of your time working on an interdisciplinary research project which will allow you to work with and gain advice from two supervisors with complementary expertise.
Using the knowledge you’ve gained from the core modules, you’ll be ideally positioned to choose an exciting problem to investigate. This project will contribute 50% of the mark for your degree, and the School will help you to select a topic in an area that interests and motivates you. This project will provide you with the key experience in independent research you need to advance your career.
The breadth of expertise available at Leeds means that you will be able to combine a wide range of techniques, from computational ligand design to synthesis, protein engineering and laser spectroscopy. These techniques may span one or more of the following areas:
- Synthesis of biologically active molecules
- Medicinal chemistry
- Enzymology and directed evolution
- Biophysical chemistry
- Chemical genetics
You’ll receive training in the generic skills that are required for the module, including scientific writing and giving oral presentations. You’ll select your project at the start of the second semester, undertaking a programme of directed reading before writing an initial report.
Finally, you’ll spend over four months in your supervisors' research laboratories working alongside PhD students and experienced postdoctoral researchers. Throughout the research project, you’ll have access to the outstanding research facilities in chemical biology that are available at Leeds.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Chemical Biology and Drug Design module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Chemical Biology and Drug Design MSc in the course catalogue
Foundation of Chemical Biology
Emerging Topics in Chemical Biology
Extended Laboratory Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses
Advanced Topics in Chemical Biology (30 Credit)
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Drug Discovery and Development
Advanced Topics in Chemistry (10 Credits)
Advanced Topics in Chemistry (15 Credits)
Learning and teaching
You will be taught by experts across the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, meaning you’ll learn from both chemists and biologists to gain the skills and knowledge to work in a multidisciplinary environment. You’ll be taught through a series of lectures, small group workshops and practical lab sessions. You will also get involved in student led activities such as literature presentations.
The wide range of continual assessment formats will allow you to improve your generic skills, and to hone your ability to solve problems. As part of the continual assessment of modules, you will give a wide range of oral presentations; prepare short articles, essays and research reports; perform computational exercises; and undertake group-based problem solving activities. Your research project will be assessed through your practical work and a written research report.