Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Structural Molecular Biology

Our modular distance learning programme provides you with a grounding in the structure of proteins, and the main techniques that are used to study protein structure. 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 programme 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. 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.

Entry requirements

MSc: Degree in science, computing or mathematics, or equivalent qualification, or relevant work experience.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

2 written papers, coursework and 2 web-based dissertations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 7,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (England) 3 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 7,600 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (EU) 3 Years
MSc Distance learning October 2019 4,725 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 Years

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Biological Sciences
Telephone number: 
02070790798