MSc Cancer Chemistry

The course offers instruction in the current concepts and techniques used in cancer chemistry research and, is suitable for chemistry graduates who have taken some biochemistry courses as part of their degree. The course provides a link for chemistry graduates wishing to enter a PhD programme in cancer research or a related field.

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Start date: September each year

Duration: 1 year

Course aims and objectives

  • Teach the fundamentals of the chemistry of cancer
  • Teach the analytical skills currently used in cancer chemistry.
  • Familiarise students with the cell and molecular biology of cancer cells.
  • Give students direct experience of the cancer chemistry field in a research project.
  • Prepare students for employment as scientists in industry, academia or a research institute by direct entry or following further study.

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Show a knowledge of the chemistry of how cancer is caused
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the chemistry of cancer prevention and DNA repair.
  • Show core knowledge of the molecular and genetic basis of cancer.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the molecular and cell biology of cancer cells.
  • Demonstrate a clear idea of the applications of chemistry in the invention of new agents for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
  • Use scientific skills in a research project on cancer chemistry.
  • Demonstrate transferable skills in oral presentation, report writing and the use of information technology.

Course Modules

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The course comprises 9 modules. The key module in the theory part of the course is on cancer chemistry. Modules on characterisation methods and research methodology prepare the student for the research project, which forms the last part of the course.

  • Introduction to Molecular Techniques
  • Research Methods in Cell Biology
  • Advanced Synthetic Methods
  • Cancer Chemistry
  • Research Methodology I and II
  • Research Project: Parts I, II and III

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Postgraduate Contact Details

Department of Chemistry
University of Leicester
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