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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals

Programme code:MSC-CHEM/BDDUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Bruce Turnbull Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

BSc 2.1 or higher qualification in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related discipline.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:


Examination board through which the programme will be considered:


Programme specification:

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.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CHEM3010Foundation of Chemical Biology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM5105MDrug Discovery and Development15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
CHEM5315MEmerging Topics in Chemical Biology25 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CHEM5500MExtended Laboratory Project for Chemistry-based MSc courses90 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Candidates will not be allowed to begin their research project (CHEM5500M) until they have successfully completed CHEM3010.

Optional modules:

Students will be required to take either CHEM5602M or CHEM5603M

CHEM5602MAdvanced Topics in Chemical Biology (40 Credit)40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
CHEM5603MAdvanced Topics in Chemical Biology (30 Credit)30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates will be required to study 0-10 credits from the following optional modules:

BIOL5172MPractical Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5276MMedical Diagnostics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates will need a minimum of 150 credits for award, with 135 being at the higher level 5M.

Last updated: 17/04/2018


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