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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

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The Type VI Secretion System: A weapon for bacterial warfare

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Professor Alain Filloux, Imperial College London


The versatile use of genome elimination in developing novel genetic mapping resources in Arabidopsis.

1.00PM, Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Dr Joost Keurentjers (Wageningen University, Nederlands)


Targeting conservation to safeguard tropical biodiversity: insights from Borneo

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Dr Matt Struebig, University of Kent

Doctoral Training Programmes‌‌

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York PG Virtual Open Day


Postgraduate Study

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MSc in Industrial Biotechnology

Ciência Sem Fronteiras

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Undergraduate Study

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Next Open Lecture


Gene sharing and the evolution of complex cells

Professor Tom Richards, Exeter University

Independent Research Fellowships

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REF (world)

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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