This Postgraduate Certificate is an excellent introduction to protein crystallography. The course 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.
The Protein Crystallography course provides an insight into how protein crystal structures are determined and how results should be judged. Up-to-date descriptions of the background, methods and techniques of protein crystallography are explained and the course gives the biologically orientated scientist a mainly non-mathematical insight into how structures are determined and how results should be judged. As a student, you will learn:
- The fundamentals of protein structure
- X-ray diffraction and symmetry
- How to determine structures using protein crystallography
- How to assess crystallographic papers and judge the quality of co-ordinates
- To complete an independent project based on these skills
Distance learning course
PX is a distance learning course. All teaching is carried out via the internet. The only equipment required is a standard PC or workstation and an Internet connection.
PX may be taken as a stand-alone postgraduate certificate or as part of the School of Crystallography's innovative distance learning MSc in Structural Molecular Biology.
The programme of study has a modular structure and operates under the Birkbeck Common Awards Scheme, one module being worth 30 credits. Students gain 60 credits on completion of the PX Postgraduate Certificate. In order to gain an MSc in Structural Molecular Biology students must earn 180 credits.