Exploring Cancer Medicines

Our free online course, delivered via the FutureLearn, introduces the subject of medicinal chemistry and its importance in treating disease.

This course will introduce you to the principles of cancer chemotherapy, and how the development of effective medications for the treatment of cancer remains a significant challenge to scientists. It will allow you to research the use and development of cancer medicines, focussing 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.

No previous knowledge is required, but having an interest in exploring science and science writing will be beneficial to learners. This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for schools and colleges. The course can be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource or can be studied independently by students.

Duration: 2 weeks
Time required: 2 hours per week
Start date: Monthly
Cost: Free
Register: Book a place
Educators from the School of Chemistry: Professor Paul Taylor and Dr Richard Foster

On completion of this course you might want to consider pursuing the study of medicinal chemistry with us to degree level.

Our Medicinal Chemistry degrees provide a focus on the organic elements of chemistry with an enhanced level of teaching on drug synthesis, pharmacology and how drugs work in biological systems. The courses are supplemented with advanced topics such as cancer chemotherapy and are run in close collaboration with scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.