MSc in Structural Molecular Biology
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MSc in Structural Molecular Biology

Distance learning course

Course details


Course content

The MSc in Structural Molecular Biology is a modular course. The course content is dependent upon the choice of modules but students must achieve a total of 180 credits including 60 credits earned from project work. Full details of the modular structure of this course are available on the course overview page. The course content for each of the Postgraduate Certificates is available through the links on the left.



All teaching is carried out via the internet including: course material; submission of questions and work by email; and attendance during online tutorials. Some electronic journals are available via the Birkbeck Library.

Tutorials and interactive sessions take place over the web using virtual environments similar to chat rooms. The only equipment required is a standard PC or workstation and an Internet connection.



Two written papers, coursework and two dissertations.


Technical requirements

There are some basic technical requirements for all our distance learning courses. All course correspondence will be electronically based. You will need:

  • Regular access to a computer (PC, UNIX or Mac operating systems) capable of running forms and graphics browsers (e.g. Firefox, Netscape, MacWeb XEmacs, Mosaic).
  • Reliable access to the internet.
  • Some familiarity with installation of simple software packages and with transferring/downloading data.
  • Familiarity with E-mail.


Special features
  • Distance learning allows flexible study patterns.
  • Students are able to choose which modules they wish to study.
  • Staff and student at the School of Crystallography are engaged in world-class research. Further details of our research activities is available in the research section. The School of Crystallography is a Research Assessment Exercise grade 5A department (RAE 2001)


Course contacts

Course Administrator

Enquiries about the course should be directed to:

Room 612
Department of Biological Sciences
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 7079 0798

Admissions Tutor/ Course director

Professor Nicholas Keep

Telephone: 020 7631 6852