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Exploring Cancer Medicines

  • Categories Healthcare
  • Duration 20h
  • Total Enrolled 4
  • Last Update April 29, 2024

About Course

University of Leeds


Why join the course?

This course will introduce you to the topic of cancer chemotherapy, and how the development of effective medications for the treatment of cancer remains a significant challenge to scientists.

You will research the use and development of cancer medicines, focusing on chemotherapy. In addition, through an exploration of how science is communicated to the general public, you will also look at the skills you need to become an effective science writer.

Who will you learn with?

Richard Foster

I am an academic at the University of Leeds (School of Chemistry) researching the development of new medicines to treat cancer and other diseases.



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



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?

  • Reflect on what cancer chemotherapy is and how it was developed.
  • Identify resources which can be used to find out more about the developments in cancer medicines.
  • Compare examples of science writing, and identify angles and target audiences.
  • Investigate current developments in cancer medicines and discuss potential future approaches to treatment.
  • Produce a short blog post about future directions in cancer medicine treatments.

Topics for this course

8 Lessons20h

The development of cancer medicines?

Before you get started, take some time to introduce yourself and meet your fellow learners from around the world.
Welcome to the course

What is cancer chemotherapy??

In this activity, you are introduced to cancer chemotherapy and start to research the early developments in this important field of medicinal science.

The historical perspective?

In this activity, Dr Richard Foster shares his research into the history of developments in cancer medicines.

What’s in the news??

In this activity, you will investigate how developments in cancer medicines are reported in the news in your part of the world.


To close this week, you are introduced to some of the options for studying at the University of Leeds. You will also be introduced to the topics covered next course.

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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Great topics and speakers Paul Taylor - guidance is pretty clear and impactful

This is a very deep course, focusing on chemotherapy for cancer, and giving us a deeper understanding of this disease that may lurk in all of us.

The first teacher Richard Foster was good, his voice and accent were very clear.He introduced the theme of cancer chemotherapy very clearly.

Many people have many misunderstandings about Cancer. They don't know much about cancer. This course is very good and should be a popular science course.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.