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.
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.
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.
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.For more information, please visit programme website.
You can apply until:
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6-12 hours a week by distance learning, October to September
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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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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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...)
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