Structural Biology
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Structural Biology

Train in major structural biology techniques for a career in research.

Receive training in structural biology for a career in research

Build laboratory and computational- skills to understand how biological function derives from structure

Develop your research expertise in a single, in-depth research project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £15,150 Home

    • £37,100 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in a physical sciences-based subject, including biochemistry, molecular biology, or similar.

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Course overview

Build skills towards a successful career in research on this Master's course, which specialises in structural biology.

You'll receive in-depth training of structural biology techniques.

Knowing the structure of a protein is vital to understanding how the protein works.

This course will provide an overview of the techniques used to derive biological function from structure.

You'll become familiar with the macromolecular structural determination techniques needed for success. 

Extensive laboratory-based research will provide opportunities to learn skills in areas including biological NMR, X-ray crystallography, cryoEM, and structural bioinformatics.

You'll also consolidate your learning through workshops on topics from time management to clarity in writing. 

The course immerses you in a research environment and includes networking by organising talks from structural biology researchers from outside of Imperial.



This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

This MRes centres around a single, year-long research project. All assessments are courseworks associated with the project taking you from writing a Literature Review through a mock Grant Proposal to a final Research Report. These are split across three core modules.

  • Introduction to Structural Biology
  • Skills for Success in Structural Biology Research
  • Research Project in Structural Biology

Below are examples of subject areas conducted by supervisors:

  • Membrane protein structure-function
  • Human disease and infection
  • Photosynthesis and bioenergetics
  • Transcriptional regulation and mechanism
  • Enzyme catalysis
  • Macromolecular machines

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
    Class-based lectures
  • Computer labs
  • Literature dissertation
  • People collaborating and completing practical work.
    Training in structural bioinformatics
  • Individual lab research projects
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Web tools for the analysis of protein sequences and structures

Balance of assessment


  • Research project one
  • Literature dissertation and research project two

  • 50% Research project one
  • 50% Literature dissertation and research project two

Assessment methods

  • Individual research project reports
  • Laboratory performance
  • Oral presentations
  • Oral assessments

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Round 5 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Learn the skills necessary to pursue a career in structural biology, whether it's in academia or industry.


Skills workshops will also improve your expertise in networking, time management, writing, and wellbeing.

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Terms and conditions

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