The principal objective of the course is to bridge between an undergraduate BSc degree in a core subject (typically Chemistry or Biochemistry), and genuinely interdisciplinary research in Chemical Biology in either industry or academia. The foundation module is followed by four core modules: Synthesis of Biomolecules; Biophysical Methods; Biocatalysis; and Molecular Modelling. An ‘Emerging Topics’ module ensures that students are introduced to the most exciting up-and-coming aspects of Chemical Biology. The focal point of the course is the interdisciplinary research project involving two supervisors with complementary expertise. In addition, optional modules are chosen which are particularly relevant to the background and interests of individual students.
12 months full-time
School of Chemistry
The School of Chemistry at Leeds is one of the largest and most distinguished in the UK. It was graded 5 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, and was rated Excellent in the quality of its education in the HEFCE Quality Assessment Report.
In addition to the three classical research groupings: inorganic and structural chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry, there are many interdisciplinary research areas and the School also incorporates the Institute for Computer Applications in Molecular Science (ICAMS), the Centre for Molecular Innovation, Diversity and Automated Synthesis (MIDAS) and the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Polymer Science and Technology. It also houses and participates in the work of the Centre for Self-Organising Molecular Systems and the Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry.
There are over 120 postgraduate students working for their research degrees and, during the past three years alone, research work in the School has attracted outside funds in excess of £5m; more than 150 research papers are published each year by members of the School. Postgraduate degrees in Chemistry from Leeds are highly regarded by employers and provide an entry into a wide range of occupations in addition to the chemical industry.
What you study
Chemical Biology is the application of chemical tools and ideas to the solution of biological problems. The course covers core topics such as methods for preparing bioactive molecules, and techniques for measuring the interactions between biomolecules. The course has been designed to prepare students for research in Chemical Biology, and is largely continually assessed, for example through student-led presentations and problem-solving. The showpiece is an interdisciplinary research project at the interface between Chemistry and Biology.