2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue
MSc Chemical Biology and Drug Design
|Programme code:||MSC-CHEM/BDD||UCAS code:|
|Duration:||12 Months||Method of Attendance:||Full Time|
|Programme manager:||Dr Bruce Turnbull||Contact address:||W.B.Turnbull@leeds.ac.uk|
Total credits: 180
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related subject.
We also consider how much experience you 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.
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.
School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:
Examination board through which the programme will be considered:
The programme will highlight the interdisciplinary and 'problem-based' nature of research in chemical biology and drug design. Students with a range of relevant backgrounds (chemistry/biochemistry/pharmaceutical science) will be recruited.
Core material will cover the key techniques and methodology used in chemical biology and medicinal chemistry and will be reinforced through genuinely deductive problems and through student-led activities (e.g. literature presentations). This approach will allow the group of students to exploit their diverse range of skills, to appreciate the advantages and limitations of each research approach and to be prepared for the necessarily inquisitive nature of research.
Students will undertake an extended research project to be supervised by two members of staff; it is expected that a large proportion of the projects will be interdisciplinary. The world class research facilities and the range of expertise at Leeds means that students will be able to select the research approaches which are most suited to the biological/medicinal chemistry problem in hand. The initial report will require students to appreciate the background to the research problem, to formulate hypotheses, to propose a programme of work and to explain which the proposed approach is best suited to the underlying research problem.
The research work will be conducted within the vigorous research atmosphere fostered by the wide range of chemical biology and medicinal chemistry research at the University of Leeds. The work will be written up concisely in the style of a thesis and will be communicated orally at an internal chemical biology/medicinal chemistry research conference at the end of the year.
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Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:
|CHEM3010||Foundation of Chemical Biology||10 credits||Semester 1|
|CHEM5315M||Emerging Topics in Chemical Biology||25 credits||Semesters 1 & 2|
|CHEM5500M||Extended Laboratory Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses||90 credits||1 Oct to 30 Sep|
|CHEM5603M||Advanced Topics in Chemical Biology (30 Credit)||30 credits||Semesters 1 & 2|
Candidates will not be allowed to begin their research project (CHEM5500M) until they have successfully completed CHEM3010.
Students will be required to study 25 credits from the following optional modules:
|BIOL5172M||Practical Bioinformatics||10 credits||Semester 1|
|BIOL5276M||Medical Diagnostics||10 credits||Semester 2|
|CHEM5105M||Drug Discovery and Development||15 credits||Semester 1|
|CHEM5607M||Advanced Topics in Chemistry (10 Credits)||10 credits||Semesters 1 & 2|
|CHEM5608M||Advanced Topics in Chemistry (15 Credits)||15 credits||Semesters 1 & 2|
Candidates will need a minimum of 150 credits for award, with 135 being at the higher level 5M.
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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