Birkbeck, University of London: Macromolecular Electron Microscopy

InstitutionBirkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Biological Sciences
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


Recent developments in electron microscopy mean that it can now determine the structures of proteins with near atomic resolution. Our Postgraduate Certificate in Macromolecular Electron Microscopy is an excellent introduction to the latest techniques in macromolecular electron microscopy, in which you will learn about:

  • image formation in the electron microscope

  • preparing samples for biological electron microscopy

  • processing electron microsopy image data through to a final 3D atomic model.


  • Birkbeck is one of the leading centres in electron microscopy in the world.

  • This innovative course is taught entirely using the internet. You study part-time in your own time, wherever you are in the world. Many of our students have full-time jobs or extensive family responsibilities.

  • May be taken as a stand-alone certificate course or as part of our acclaimed internet-based MSc Structural Molecular Biology.

  • Taught within the Department of Biological Sciences which, with University College London, is part of the leading research-based Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology. Several of the department’s world-class researchers contribute to the course.

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

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Birkbeck, University of London



Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics …

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