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

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York ranks second in the UK for Research Environment (RAE2008)

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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

‌‌Biology at York welcomes staff and students from around the world. We celebrate 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.  York has been consistently ranked among the top five places to study Biological Sciences in the UK in all major league tables.

‌Supporting Women in science

Athena Swan gold 225‌‎Biology at York holds an Athena SWAN gold award and is the first Biology Department in Britain to have achieved this highest level.

iGEM team (2014-15)

The international Genetically Engineered Machine team (details - iGEM project (MS Word  , 15kb) has a high proportion of female undergraduates.

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Undergraduate Study

Soc of Biol Accredited program

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New build exterior

The new teaching block is now ready for the new Biomedical Science BSc degree run jointly by the Department of Biology and HYMS. The 1700m2 building is equipped to teach up to 320 undergraduates simultaneously in modern, adaptable laboratory space.

 Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate student Clare

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

Fully-funded PhD projects

Researchers in the spotlight

Chris Thomas and Jane Hill are tracking the progress of native butterflies as they head for cooler climes.

Hill & Thomas research video

Simon McQueen-Mason has been chosen by the BBSRC as a Great British Bioscience pioneer.

Neil Bruce has been interviewed by Forces TV about research into plants able to neutralise toxins in soil and is also featured on the BBSRC impact webpages.

The York Press interviewed Dan Franks about his research following his recent field visit to observe menopausal killer whales.

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The evolutionary dynamics of antibiotic resistance: insights from experimental evolution with pathogenic bacteria

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Dr Craig MacLean, University of Oxford, Department of Zoology


Elucidating key pathways in phospholipid homeostasis in Gram-negative bacterial outer membranes

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Professor Ian Henderson, University of Birmingham


Recent progress in frontotemporal lobar degeneration

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Professor Stuart Pickering-Brown, Manchester University

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Improving photosynthesis to feed the future

Dr Julian Hibberd will present his research