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In this Chemical Biology and Drug Design degree course from University of Leeds, you will develop your existing knowledge of chemical structure and reactivity into a thorough understanding of contemporary chemical biology and drug discovery. You’ll also be introduced to topics from the research frontier.

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Chemical biology is the application of chemical tools and ideas to biological and medical problems.

You will be taught by experts from across the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology in chemical biology, biophysics and medicinal chemistry to solve problems relevant to contemporary research at the boundary between chemistry, biology and medicine. Visiting lecturers from industry will share their expertise in industrially-relevant applications of chemical biology and drug design with you.

In bridging the gap between your undergraduate degree in a core subject, and interdisciplinary research in chemical biology, you will develop the skills to solve real-life research problems, benefiting from a multi-million pound investment in our research facilities for synthetic chemistry and analysis of molecular interactions. Rather than focusing on a single discipline, you’ll learn to tackle a problem using either chemical or biological approaches.

Career opportunities

On graduation, you will be ideally placed to undertake interdisciplinary research in academia and the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry. You will also be in a strong position to pursue a science-related career, such as patent work, scientific publishing or scientific administration.

In addition, this Chemical Biology and Drug Design degree course from University of Leeds will leave you well-placed to forge a career at companies working at the interface between chemistry and biology. The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are increasingly seeking researchers with a strong interdisciplinary background.


This course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Graduates from the programme with an appropriate first degree in chemistry satisfy the academic requirements for the award of Chartered Chemist (CChem) status.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chemical Biology
  • Emerging Topics in Chemical Biology
  • Extended Laboratory Project for Chemistry-based 
  • Advanced Topics in Chemical Biology 
  • Practical Bioinformatics
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Drug Discovery and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related subject where there is a significant amount of chemistry.

  • We also consider how much experience applicants have in topics directly relevant to the Chemical Biology and Drug Design degree programme and whether you are achieving 2:1 level marks in modules such as: organic, inorganic, physical, analytical and medicinal chemistry; biochemistry; enzymology; molecular biology.

Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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