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Department of Chemistry | Masters by Research (MScr) Bioactive Chemistry

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Program Duration

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Program overview

Main Subject

Chemistry

Degree

MScr

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Masters by Research (MScr) Bioactive Chemistry at Durham University

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Bioactive Chemistry is the study of how molecules impact and interact with life and requires an appreciation at the molecular level of the chemical and biochemical processes involved. Research in Bioactive Chemistry therefore involves the development and application of novel molecular tools, materials and techniques that are essential to our ability to meet the challenges of the 21st Century including Infectious Disease, Antimicrobial Resistance, Feeding Growing Populations and Building Sustainable Environments.


Ongoing research in Bioactive Chemistry at Durham University is leading to:


  • New treatments for neglected tropical diseases;
  • Light activated nanomachines for photodynamic therapy;
  • Cofactor engineering for synthetic biology and biocatalysis;
  • New sensing platforms for bacterial toxins;
  • Peptide nanomaterials as anticancer agents;
  • Structure based drug discovery;
  • Bioinspired and eco-friendly antibacterial surfaces;
  • New vehicles for drug delivery.


The course is a one-year research project (or 24 months part-time) based in the laboratories of your supervisory team.  During this period students are encouraged to attend and contribute to research seminars, symposia and workshops.  To broaden their general Chemistry knowledge students are required to attend a minimum of four lecture courses of relevance to their own research area(s), which provide additional tailored academic and scientific development opportunities.  These are chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor from a portfolio offered for students at this level.  In addition to these there are many wider student experience activities, as well as non-credit bearing skills development courses delivered through the Department of Chemistry and other Department’s across the University including Biosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering and Physics.  Training in a wide range of transferrable skills is also provided via our Durham Centre for Academic Development, our aligned Centres for Doctoral Training and through our Department Early Career Researcher Group.


Mutual respect and support are at the core of how the Department of Chemistry functions. Masters by Research students are a valued part of our interdisciplinary community, and are encouraged to take part in all of our activities, particularly our Early Career Researcher Group. All postgraduate students are assigned a “supervisory team” comprising their supervisor and a second member of academic staff, providing both scientific direction and more general support.


In addition to the formal courses described above we offer an enhanced range of opportunities for Masters by Research students to participate in to support their development as professional chemists. These include:


  • Project-specific technical training from the MSc supervisory team;
  • Weekly seminars in the Department of Chemistry covering a diverse range of topics;
  • Monthly Bioactive Chemistry Research Meetings.


The MSc by Research gives graduate students year-long research opportunities, increasing their research skills and independence. The course provides training in both specialist provided further develops valuable transferable skills. They are excellent preparation for an R&D career in industry or an interdisciplinary research PhD.


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Program overview

Main Subject

Chemistry

Degree

MScr

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Masters by Research (MScr) Bioactive Chemistry at Durham University

[email protected]


Bioactive Chemistry is the study of how molecules impact and interact with life and requires an appreciation at the molecular level of the chemical and biochemical processes involved. Research in Bioactive Chemistry therefore involves the development and application of novel molecular tools, materials and techniques that are essential to our ability to meet the challenges of the 21st Century including Infectious Disease, Antimicrobial Resistance, Feeding Growing Populations and Building Sustainable Environments.


Ongoing research in Bioactive Chemistry at Durham University is leading to:


  • New treatments for neglected tropical diseases;
  • Light activated nanomachines for photodynamic therapy;
  • Cofactor engineering for synthetic biology and biocatalysis;
  • New sensing platforms for bacterial toxins;
  • Peptide nanomaterials as anticancer agents;
  • Structure based drug discovery;
  • Bioinspired and eco-friendly antibacterial surfaces;
  • New vehicles for drug delivery.


The course is a one-year research project (or 24 months part-time) based in the laboratories of your supervisory team.  During this period students are encouraged to attend and contribute to research seminars, symposia and workshops.  To broaden their general Chemistry knowledge students are required to attend a minimum of four lecture courses of relevance to their own research area(s), which provide additional tailored academic and scientific development opportunities.  These are chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor from a portfolio offered for students at this level.  In addition to these there are many wider student experience activities, as well as non-credit bearing skills development courses delivered through the Department of Chemistry and other Department’s across the University including Biosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering and Physics.  Training in a wide range of transferrable skills is also provided via our Durham Centre for Academic Development, our aligned Centres for Doctoral Training and through our Department Early Career Researcher Group.


Mutual respect and support are at the core of how the Department of Chemistry functions. Masters by Research students are a valued part of our interdisciplinary community, and are encouraged to take part in all of our activities, particularly our Early Career Researcher Group. All postgraduate students are assigned a “supervisory team” comprising their supervisor and a second member of academic staff, providing both scientific direction and more general support.


In addition to the formal courses described above we offer an enhanced range of opportunities for Masters by Research students to participate in to support their development as professional chemists. These include:


  • Project-specific technical training from the MSc supervisory team;
  • Weekly seminars in the Department of Chemistry covering a diverse range of topics;
  • Monthly Bioactive Chemistry Research Meetings.


The MSc by Research gives graduate students year-long research opportunities, increasing their research skills and independence. The course provides training in both specialist provided further develops valuable transferable skills. They are excellent preparation for an R&D career in industry or an interdisciplinary research PhD.


Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting - Durham is a university like no other!

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1 Year
Sep-2024

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Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Undergraduate programmes.

Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting. Durham is a university like no other!

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Masters/Postgraduate Taught courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

  • Durham University Business School
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Masters/Postgraduate Taught programmes.

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