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Structural Molecular Biology MSc

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Molecular Biology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our distance learning Master's degree in structural molecular biology 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 particularly important in designing drugs that 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 researchers to 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.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates go on to careers in research, science writing, teaching and academia. The course is particularly suitable for staff already working in industry as graduates, to enlarge their theoretical background and to complement their practical experience. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, research scientist, or science writer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a secondary school teacher or physical scientist.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 2 years | OCT-20

Study mode

Distance without attendance

Duration

2 years

Start date

OCT-20

Modules

This module allows you to gain laboratory experience by coming to Birkbeck for two weeks in July/August. The exact dates will be fixed each year depending on the availability of staff. You will carry out a site-directed mutation of a protein of interest to the primary supervisor, purify the protein and carry out an assay to assess the outcome of your work. You will document the work by producing a brief written plan, including summaries of relevant primary literature, composing a literature review covering the topic area and completing a scientific paper-style report of your findings. You will be responsible for paying your own travel and accommodation costs.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£4,890

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,860

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in science, computing or mathematics, or equivalent qualification, or relevant work experience.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more