Entry requirements

Biological, chemical or physical sciences degree, second class or better.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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 or biocomputing.

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.

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
Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
International students
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

We offer Medical Research Council (MRC) studentships on our MRes in Structural Biology, which offers in-depth training in the areas of structural and computational biology.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

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

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
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