Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Protein Crystallography

This postgraduate course is an excellent introduction to protein crystallography. It is designed for those who are interested in pursuing a career in this exciting and rapidly expanding field, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, or for those who would like to expand and update their existing scientific knowledge. Up-to-date descriptions of the background, methods and techniques of protein crystallography are explained, and the programme gives the biologically orientated scientist a mainly non-mathematical insight into how protein crystal structures are determined and how results should be judged.

Course modules

You will learn: the fundamentals of protein structure; X-ray diffraction and symmetry; how to determine structures using protein crystallography; how to judge the quality of co-ordinates.

Assessment methods

1 written paper, which may be taken at an examination centre close to you, and coursework.

Sponsorship information

A limited number of scholarships for the MSc Structural Molecular Biology from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom may be available; applicants should note that this programme may be taken as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate or as part of an MSc Structural Molecular Biology (to gain the MSc students must earn 180 credits, part of which will involve an independent project; 60 credits are earned on completion of the Postgraduate Certificate and these can contribute towards the MSc credits).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning October 2018 GBP 3,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning October 2018 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

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Department of Biological Sciences
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