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University of Leeds

Discovering Science: Medicinal Chemistry

University of Leeds via FutureLearn



Discover how chemotherapy has evolved, and some of the breakthroughs and developments chemists have made in the fight against cancer over the last 10 years.

Diagnostic imaging examines how scientists learn about, and treat, the inside of the body without invasive surgery. You’ll explore how modern imaging techniques diagnose problems quickly and safely, and how diseases which may not previously have been picked up are identified.

Intrigued? Then sign up for this short course to find out more.

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in chemistry; no previous knowledge or experience is required.

If you are working in the field of science and would like to practice and improve your science writing skills, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time. If you intend to complete the Discovering Science collection of online courses, it is recommended that you complete Discovering Science: Science Writing before starting this course, however, this course can still be studied independently.

Taught by

Paul Taylor

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  • Anonymous
    I've enjoyed the course , it was very helpful and explained in a very easy way, no need for medical experience or background to understand the topics plus it's a free course from University of Leeds - school of chemistry so trusted information from real researchers.
  • Anonymous
    This course I must say was very educating. I recently developed keen interest in the development of Cancer therapeutics, decided to search the net and do some readings when I stumbled on Discovering Science : Medicinal Chemistry. I thought to check it...
  • Lorenzo Tano Scarafia
    It is a variegated course on medicinal chemistry, with two specific topics: oncology, and medical imaging. The topics are presented in a well written, and profound way, the student is able to understand the importance of topics like contrast agents, and what might cause cancer, and what progresses have been made, why there are different kind of cancer treatments, and what ethical issues might arise in the progress in the field of medical imaging.

    I really liked spending my time in gaining more knowledge about the heavily talked topic of cancer, and what was for me vague at the beginning Medical diagnostic imaging.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A well organised course that is part of a series 'Discovering Science'. Although I am retired, these courses are ideal for someone thinking of taking a chemistry degree at Leeds University; the courses, with an additional test, would give the participant some credits towards their degree. The extra reading is also well worth spending time on. A good course, thank you to the organisers/educators.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I would highly recommend this course. You get into very important concepts in medicinal chemistry and it is very interesting. By myself I can say that this course is making me really excited in my future step to do my PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry (pharmacology) or medicinal chemistry.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This really interesting course is definitely worth taking, even if you aren't doing the entire 'Discovering Science' programme. The course videos and texts are clear and helpful (as is the glossary!) and there are links to relevant supplementary material. I learned a lot.
  • Anonymous
    This is an exciting course to attend as it deals with many of the cutting edge technologies used in cancer treatment. I enjoyed watching the videos provided and in particular the presentation given by Dr Sophie Schumann on her research on the treatment of Kaposi's Sarcoma. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Elizabeth
    This course is very educating. It gave information from the scratch and the teaching methods and case scenarios made it more interesting. Thank you University of Leeds.
  • Lauren Tucker

    Lauren Tucker completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course was very well structured and I feel that I have gained a significant amount of knowledge on the topics of medical diagnostics and imaging. The course can be taken by a beginner as it thoroughly explains all concepts and technical terms. This course has helped me to understand what goes on in a hospital, and has provided insight into research that is currently being carried out and how this research may develop the world of medicine. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in medicine.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A very informative course for anyone. I, personally, had no prior knowledge to medicinal chemistry but it has helped me understanding cancer research and medical imaging techniques much more. Everything is explained simply and more in depth as 'extras'.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was an excellent course: interesting, compact, but without a shallow /simplistic approach. It provided useful links, articles etc. for further studying. Thank you!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A first class course that gives an excellent introduction to the basics of medicinal science. Recommended to anyone with an interest in the subject.

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