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 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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
Study by distance learning, wherever you are in the world, with our internet-based teaching. Graduates are well placed to study for PhDs, start professional research careers, or change disciplines to encompass this important area of modern molecular biology. 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 a 158 processor cluster for intensive data processing. All areas have specialised computer equipment for data analysis, molecular graphics and molecular modelling and programming.