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World-class science across the whole spectrum of modern biology, from ecology to biomedicine

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The Department rates first in the UK for Research Impact (REF2014)

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One of the top in the UK for student satisfaction and 4th overall in the Complete University Guide 2014

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Ranked Top 2 in the UK for excellence in teaching (Guardian University Guide 2014)

Welcome from the Head of Department

‌‌We welcome staff and students from around the world; celebrating excellence, breadth and diversity across the spectrum of modern biology, from ecology to biomedicine. We are proud of our status as one of the UK's leading university biological sciences departments as measured by our high rankings for both research and teaching.

Professor Ian A Graham

League Table Success

Biological Sciences at York has once again demonstrated its excellence in University League Tables for 2015.  Consistently ranked among the top 5 places to study Biological Sciences in the UK.

Also ranked 71st in the world for Life Sciences in the 2014-15 THES survey.

‌Supporting Women in science

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Our MSc by Research is an excellent opportunity to develop your independent research skills in one year.

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Undergraduate Study

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Evolutionary origins and dynamics of melanism in the peppered moth: not so simple…

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Dr Ilik Saccheri, University of Liverpool


Approaches to image vascular development and disease in the mouse

1.00PM, Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre - K/018

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Kiefer, Mammalian Cell Signaling Laboratory, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Germany


Multiple Catalytic Promiscuity in the Alkaline Phosphatase Superfamily: Rules and Tools

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Dr Florian Hoffelder, Cambridge University

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Researchers in the spotlight


Morphine-making gene discovered Professor Ian Graham is interviewed by BBC 5 Live

Plant power

'Plants versus explosives' a BBSRC video about the research of Professor Neil Bruce


Should the lynx be reintroduced to Britain? Professor Chris Thomas discusses on BBC news