Structural Basis of Protein Mechanism (C7124)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

On this module you will gain a sense of how protein structures are related to each other, and how these structures relate to protein function. You will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to fully understand the process of structure determination, and how this can be used to better understand the functionality of proteins.

You’ll build on fundamental aspects covered in the Year 2 module ‘Structural Basis of Biological Function’. Teaching sessions are used to introduce computational and experimental techniques that are essential for studying proteins. This work provides the basis for the in-depth discussion of more topical issues such as protein complexes and regulation, and protein folding.


83%: Lecture
17%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Media production)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: