Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is an 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. Module: Protein crystallography (PX). This programme may be taken as a stand'alone Postgraduate Certificate or as part of our MSc Structural Molecular Biology. The programme has a modular structure, and you gain 60 credits on completion of the Postgraduate Certificate. To gain the MSc Structural Molecular Biology, you must earn 180 credits, part of which will involve an independent project. If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Biology.

Course Additional Entry

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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert £3,825  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Part Time
PgCert £2,700  Academic year. First year home fees