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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.  It is consistently ranked among the Top 6 places to study Biological Sciences in the UK.

Also ranked 55th in the world for Life Sciences in the 2015-16 THE survey.

‌Supporting Women in science

Athena Swan gold 225‌‎


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The Evolution of Trypanosomatid Genomes

1.00PM, B/K/018

Dr Andrew P. Jackson, Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool.


DNA Minicircles for Synthetic Biocomputing

1.30PM, Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East - RCH/204 on second floor [free buses Nos. 66 and 44 run frequently from Heslington West]

Dr Sarah Harris, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds


The context dependence of Ras biology

1.00PM, The Diana Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Professor Ian Prior, University of Liverpool

Fully-funded PhD Studentships 

Postgraduate Study‌

Research degree programmes

MSc in Industrial Biotechnology

Virtual Tour

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Take a virtual tour of the Department's state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

Undergraduate Study

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