Taught course

Structural Molecular Biology

Imperial College London · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for admission is normally an Upper Second Class (2:1) honours degree in life sciences or a related subject from a UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

In the post-genome era, there is a wealth of information about the genomes of many organisms, including humans.

The next challenge is to assign and understand the functions of the final genome products proteins, in particular to understand at the molecular and biochemical level, the functions of identified disease-linked proteins and proteins that carry out basic life processes.

The requirement for three-dimensional information is an essential part of this process.

With many of the structure determination techniques becoming semi-automatic and routine, there will be a requirement for more broadly trained structural biology researchers who understand the use of complementary techniques for deriving biological function from structure.

It is therefore essential that trained structural biologists in both academia and industry have knowledge and skills in all macromolecular structural determination techniques.

This is an ideal training course for students to pursue further education and gain vital experience for a successful career.

Fees and funding

UK students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Creative work40
Dissertation10 (5000 words)

Course contact details

Lucy Barron