Discovering Science: Medicinal Chemistry

  • Categories Science
  • Duration 30h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update February 5, 2021

About Course

University of Leeds


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.


What topics will you cover?

  • The origins of cancer chemotherapy and the key milestones in its history.
  • The chemotherapy process of targeting cancer cells.
  • The use of molecular targeted therapeutics.
  • Research exercise: how molecular targeted therapy is being used by researchers in the treatment of Kaposi’s sarcoma.
  • The function of kinase inhibitors.

Who will you learn with?

Paul Taylor

I’m from Holmfirth in Yorkshire. I’m a Professor at the University of Leeds. I’m a Pro-Dean and research cancer & evolution https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/210/professor-paul-taylor



Martin McPhillie

I’m a research scientist/Teaching Fellow within the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds, interested in the structure-based design of novel medicines for infectious diseases.



Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

What Will I Learn?

  • Identify how chemotherapy works in targeting cancer cells and explain the benefits of molecular targeted therapeutics.
  • Investigate recent developments, and explore potential future developments, in the treatment of cancer.
  • Identify four main medical imaging techniques and the use of contrast agents.
  • Develop an awareness of ethical issues related to diagnostic imaging.

Topics for this course

18 Lessons30h


Welcome to Discovering Science: Medicinal Chemistry. This course explores the role that chemistry plays in healthcare and our ability to diagnose and treat patients.
Welcome to the course ARTICLE
Introduction from Paul VIDEO (02:04)00:00:00

Historical perspectives?

This activity introduces the topic of cancer chemotherapy and explores why it is so necessary and valuable. You’ll discover some of the important developments that have helped to shape the discovery of modern cancer medicines.

Science in action?

In this activity, you look at recent research directed towards development of a molecular targeted therapy for the treatment of Kaposi’s sarcoma – a cancer which has an urgent medical need, particularly in the developing world.

Future perspectives?

In this activity, you explore the future of cancer therapy and find out why it is necessary to develop new strategies to defeat the disease.


This revision activity provides further opportunity to explore the topics covered this lesson. It is recommended that you join this activity if you have signed up for the program and are working towards academic credit.


To close this lesson of the course you have the opportunity to reflect on the week and explore the glossary.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • 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.