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Protein Crystallography


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Protein crystallography is a particularly useful tool for determining the 3D structures of highly homogeneous proteins and macromolecular complexes. It is also well suited for the dissection of protein-ligand assemblies at high resolution.

This online Protein Crystallography short course offers you understanding in the process by which these end-points are achieved, comprehensively covering how proteins are crystallised and the techniques used to determine their structures. This course also helps you gain understanding in how these structures are refined and validated, once obtained.

The course provides you with crucial skills on how to:

  • determine these structures
  • evaluate them once solved
  • validate those structures that are publicly available and interpret the related literature.

This is a postgraduate-level course designed specifically for those wanting to understand the theoretical background underpinning structure determination using X-ray crystallography. It is particularly suitable if you are working in the pharmaceuticals industry, have a relevant science or mathematical/computational background, or if you are engaged in a PhD programme where protein crystallography is a component.

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 most scientific disciplines, including computer science and psychology. A basic understanding of protein structure (alpha helix, beta sheet, peptide bond) and some simple organic chemistry is necessary. If you do not have this then please take our Principles of Protein Structure short course first.

    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.