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

‌Supporting Women in science

Athena Swan gold 225‌‎


Upcoming seminars   Subscribe to RSS feed


Evaluating the impact of Tanzania’s Wildlife Management Areas

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Dr Aidan Keane, University of Edinburgh


Structure and function of the Leishmania flagellum

1.00PM, Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre - K/018

Dr Eva Gluenz, Royal Society University Research Fellow, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

Fully-funded PhD Studentships 

Postgraduate Study‌

MSc in Industrial Biotechnology

Research degree programmes

Virtual Tour

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

Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate admissions video

Ciência Sem Fronteiras

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Twitter updates

Next Open Lecture


The Improbable Origin of Complex Life

Dr Nick Lane, Reader in Evolutionary Biochemistry, University College London

Independent Research Fellowships

World Class Research Subscribe to RSS feed

REF (world)

SAPN tiling
Using mathematics to improve human health

Wednesday 3 February 2016

E8 world
Stepping beyond our 3D world

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Ash tree
Fight against ash dieback

Wednesday 13 January 2016

News archive

News & events

Phase 2 signing ceremony

November 2015  Vice-Chancellor, PVC-Research and Biology HoD sign off framework of Phase 2 building

Graduation students(x70)
Graduation January 2016

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Artists in residence
Artists collaborate with academics

Monday 30 November 2015

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Researchers in the spotlight

Plant power

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

Ash tree (x225)

'New genetic test to fight ash dieback' a BBSRC video about the research of Professor Ian Bancroft