Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Techniques in Structural Molecular Biology

This postgraduate programme provides you with a theoretical background for the techniques commonly used in structural biology. It has been designed for scientists wishing to update their knowledge, or as part of the background studies of research students, particularly those whose undergraduate studies were in a different area. Structural biology allows you to understand how macromolecules work at the atomic level of detail. This is important particularly in designing drugs which 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.

Course modules

This programme provides you with a theoretical background for the techniques commonly used in structural biology. It has been designed for scientists wishing to update their knowledge, or as part of the background studies of research students, particularly those whose undergraduate studies were in a different area. You will learn: techniques for DNA manipulation; protein expression and purification; structure determination by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and NMR; protein spectroscopy; bioinformatics as applied to this area.

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 Part-time October 2018 GBP 3,825 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 GBP 2,650 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

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Department of Biological Sciences
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