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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 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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Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate admissions video

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

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

Hill & Thomas research videoSurviving climate change

Chris Thomas interviewed on BBC Radio 4 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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How does your garden grow? Insight from the intersection of biology and physics

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Dr Siobhan Braybrook (Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge)


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Addressing big environmental questions using citizen science data

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Dr Nick Isaac, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

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Solving the nitrogen problem in food production

Professor Oldroyd will present his research