Research course

Chemical Biology and Bio-Medicinal Chemistry

Open University · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) or an appropriate first degree and postgraduate qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Chemical biology and bio-medicinal chemistry research at the OU encompasses the development and synthesis of molecules for cell recognition, imaging and targeting of cancer cells and the development of small molecule therapeutics. It is our aim to use chemical and biochemical approaches to study and manipulate biological systems, and to inform the development of new therapeutic agents.

Key themes of our research include:

  • Bio-medicinal chemistry for cancer, focusing on the synthesis of molecules for cell recognition, modification of nucleic acid bases, and the design of novel small molecule therapeutics
  • Bioimaging
  • Biopolymers and biocompatible materials
  • Molecular imprinted polymers, focusing on the development of novel systems for functional analysis of complex biomolecules
  • Nanomaterials and nanomedicine; interactions with biological systems and therapeutic uses

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      48 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

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