Protein Crystallography (Postgraduate Certificate)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Distance learning


Fully Approved


One year part-time


Six to 12 hours a week by distance learning, October to July

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This postgraduate course is an excellent introduction to protein crystallography. It is designed for those who are interested in pursuing a career in this exciting and rapidly expanding field, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, or for those who would like to expand and update their existing scientific knowledge.

Up-to-date descriptions of the background, methods and techniques of protein crystallography are explained, and the programme gives the biologically orientated scientist a mainly non-mathematical insight into how protein crystal structures are determined and how results should be judged.

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  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Study by distance learning, wherever you are in the world, with our internet-based teaching.
  • May be taken as a stand-alone award or as part of our innovative distance learning MSc Structural Molecular Biology.
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Course structure

You will learn:

  • the fundamentals of protein structure
  • X-ray diffraction and symmetry
  • how to determine structures using protein crystallography
  • how to judge the quality of co-ordinates.
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