Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Principles of Protein Structure

The twenty-first century has been described as 'the century of biology', with advances in molecular biology already making an important contribution to enormous gains in health and quality of life over much of the world. Proteins are fundamental to all biology. Structural biology is the science of how the shapes of molecules such as proteins affect their function, and our understanding of it has contributed to the design of drugs against devastating diseases including cancer and HIV/AIDS. This postgraduate certificate in the principles of protein structure explores the structures of proteins at different levels, before applying this knowledge to an understanding of their function in health and disease. On successful completion of this course, you will possess a detailed knowledge of protein structure and its importance in molecular biology. You will develop your understanding of basic bioinformatics and learn to use some fairly simple bioinformatics tools. You will recognise and understand how complex protein structures are made up from simpler components.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Degree in science, computing or mathematics, or equivalent qualification, or relevant work experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

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

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning October 2018 3,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning October 2018 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning October 2019 3,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning October 2019 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Biological Sciences
Telephone number: 
02070790798