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Structural Molecular Biology

Birkbeck, University of London

24 months
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7600 GBP/year
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About

The modular distance learning Structural Molecular Biology programme at Birkbeck, University of London provides you with a grounding in the structure of proteins, and the main techniques that are used to study protein structure.

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Overview

Structural biology allows you to understand how macromolecules work at the atomic level of detail. This is important, particularly in designing drugs that act at the molecular level to affect macromolecules.

Increasingly, research uses a range of complementary biophysical and structural techniques to study protein-protein interactions. This requires that researchers have some understanding of what all these techniques can achieve. This Structural Molecular Biology programme at Birkbeck, University of London  is designed to give the theoretical background required to use this range of methods.

Highlights 

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint initiative with University College London.
  • Birkbeck houses state-of-the-art equipment for X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy and tomography and associated image processing and access to protein NMR and mass spectrometry facilities at UCL. We have excellent facilities for UV and CD spectroscopy, calorimetry, fluorescence spectroscopy, ultracentrifugation, and protein expression and purification in the biochemical and molecular biology laboratories. We have high-performance computing for data analysis. All areas have specialised computer equipment for data analysis, molecular graphics and molecular modelling and programming.

Careers and Employability

Graduates go on to careers in research, science writing, teaching and academia. The course is particularly suitable for staff already working in industry as graduates, to enlarge their theoretical background and to complement their practical experience. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, research scientist, or science writer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a secondary school teacher or physical scientist.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Protein Structure
  • Techniques in Structural Molecular Biology
  • Protein Crystallography
  • Protein Expression and Purification
  • Protein Structure Determination
  • Laboratory Project Structural Molecular Biology
  • Project Structural Molecular Biology

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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Language

English
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5
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Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A second-class honours degree in science, computing or mathematics, or equivalent qualification, or relevant work experience.
  • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
  • You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7600 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4725 GBP per year during 24 months.

Funding

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