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Protein Bioinformatics


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Bioinformatics is at the heart of modern molecular biosciences and is becoming more important as a tool for interpreting molecular data and understanding how life works at the molecular level. Our online short course, Protein Bioinformatics, will introduce you to a range of techniques used to analyse protein sequences and structures, and will explain how these techniques are used in drug discovery, particularly in conjunction with structural biology.

If you already have a general scientific training, this short course will enable you to understand:

  • where the protein data generated by recent advances in structural biology and other molecular disciplines comes from
  • how it can be analysed and what the results mean, particularly in terms of understanding disease mechanisms and developing drugs.

This postgraduate-level course is suitable for anyone wanting to understand bioinformatics, learn some basic tools and read publications in this area, for example medicinal chemists, pharmacologists, biochemists, neuroscientists, molecular biologists and cell biologists, and for those aspiring to work in structural biology, bioinformatics or drug development.

The course features a live online tutorial for each section. It is assessed by a 1.5-hour examination (66%) and regular coursework (34%).

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    We accept graduates in any scientific discipline including computer science and psychology. You will need a basic understanding of protein structure (alpha helix, beta sheet, peptide bond) and some simple organic chemistry. If you do not have this then please take our Principles of Protein Structure short course first. An advanced high school (A-level or equivalent) qualification in maths - not necessarily a recent one - will also be helpful.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.