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

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York ranks 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)

REF 2014 logo  Biology at York 1st in UK for Research Impact

  • Research Excellence assessment 2014 has again placed Biology at York in the Top 10 in the UK
  • 1st for impact outside academia - our research has had major influence on environmental policy, industry and health
  • Demonstrates our strengths across the biological sciences: from ecology to biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedical sciences

Our excellence in teaching is inspired by world class research with impact

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 has a high proportion of female undergraduates. For project details and how to support please see iGEM project (MS Word  , 15kb).

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Postgraduate Study

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

Fully-funded PhD projects

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Undergraduate Study

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Mussels project‌Biology undergraduates on placement with the North York Moors National Park Authority.

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New teaching block for the Biomedical Sciences degree run jointly by the Dept of Biology and HYMS.

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Researchers in the spotlight

Hill & Thomas research videoSurviving climate change video

Chris Thomas interviewed on the BBC World Service about alien species.

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

Neil Bruce interviewed by Forces TV about plants able to neutralise toxins in soil and also features on the BBSRC impact webpages.

York Press interviewed Dan Franks following a recent field trip to observe menopausal killer whales.

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Why vampires don't sunbathe: The mechanism of phototoxicity pain

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Professor Tim Hales, University of Dundee


Spatiotemporal dynamics of cytokine receptor assembly

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Dr Jacob Piehler, Osnabrueck University, Germany

Next Open Lecture


Folding a Protein: Nature’s Origami

Professor Sheena Radford, Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, University of Leeds