Structural Molecular Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #301 (WUR) Online
The Structural Molecular Biology Master Programme from Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics provides you with a grounding in the structure of proteins, and the main techniques that are used to study protein structure.


The Structural Molecular Biology Master Programme from Birkbeck, University of London - School of Business, Economics and Informatics allows you to understand how macromolecules work at the atomic level of detail. This is important, particularly in designing drugs which 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 that researchers 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.

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.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of 3 Postgraduate Certificate programmes (worth 60 credits each). You may choose which 2 modules you wish to study, but we suggest you study Principles of Protein Structure first.

  • Principles of Protein Structure: introduces the structure of proteins and how that structure is related to both a protein’s sequence and its function.
  • Techniques in Structural Molecular Biology: gives a wide overview of the theoretical background of all the techniques commonly used in structural biology research. 
  • Protein Crystallography: a specialist course for students who are following, or who intend to follow, a career in this area. 

The projects consist of 30-credit dissertations tied to each of the modules chosen. They are based on literature analysis and use of web resources. Due to the distance learning element there are no wet practicals on this course.

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      6-12 hours a week by distance learning, October to September

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Entry Requirements:

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

International Requirements:

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.

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Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5750 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3975 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3975 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
  • Part-time overseas students: £ 5750 pa


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