Taught course

Principles of Protein Structure

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Biological Sciences
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

Degree in science, computing or mathematics, or equivalent qualification, or relevant work experience.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The twenty-first century has been described as 'the century of biology', with advances in molecular biology already making an important contribution to enormous gains in health and quality of life over much of the world. Proteins are fundamental to all biology. Structural biology is the science of how the shapes of molecules such as proteins affect their function, and our understanding of it has contributed to the design of drugs against devastating diseases including cancer and HIV/AIDS. This postgraduate certificate in the principles of protein structure explores the structures of proteins at different levels, before applying this knowledge to an understanding of their function in health and disease.

On successful completion of this course, you will possess a detailed knowledge of protein structure and its importance in molecular biology. You will develop your understanding of basic bioinformatics and learn to use some fairly simple bioinformatics tools. You will recognise and understand how complex protein structures are made up from simpler components.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 2650 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 3825 pa

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of Biological Sciences
Email
biosciencespg@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+ 44 (0)20 7079 0798
Fax
+ 44 (0)20 7631 6246