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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Molecular Biology

Course type

Research

Course Summary

The MRes in Structural Biology is an intensive, high-quality introduction to research in structural and computational biology, which are key to the dissection of macromolecular 'machines' and cellular pathways of medical interest.

This course offers both taught components and extensive research experience for students with backgrounds in biological, chemical and physical sciences. It is particularly suitable for those who wish to gain both theoretical and practical research experience in the techniques of structural biology.

Our research areas include:

  • Molecular chaperones, amyloid fibrils, pore-forming toxins
  • M. tuberculosis, cytoskeletal proteins
  • Signal transduction, bacterial pathogenesis and DNA replication
  • Electron microscopy, cytoskeletal dynamics and function
  • Electron cryo-microscopy; electron tomography and image processing; development of methods for recognition and separation of heterogeneous molecular complexes; bacteriophage assembly; structural analysis of the transcription factor p53
  • Hsp90, the kinetochore
  • DNA repair
  • Protein folding and misfolding, in particular at the point of synthesis on intact ribosomes
  • Viral protein-nucleic acid interactions.

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 academia, or the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, research scientist, or science writer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a secondary school teacher.

Modules

The literature review will require a nominal 100 hours of work. The topic should be chosen in consultation with your project supervisor so that it is relevant to your project work and can eventually be incorporated into your thesis. It might, for example, be a literature review or a survey of relevant computational or experimental techniques. It should contain a maximum of 8000 words (about 20 pages) and should conclude with a plan for your research project. You should commence your literature review, in consultation with your project supervisor, as soon as your project choice is confirmed.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

10,170

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

16,380

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a biological, chemical or physical sciences subject. Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more