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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

‌‌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.

And has been ranked 71st in the world for Life Sciences in the 2014-15 THES survey.

‌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.

Postgraduate Study

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

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Competition between proteins for the phosphorylation-independent binding side on receptor tyrosine kinase leads to oncogenic outcome

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Professor John Ladbury, University of Leeds


CII MiniSymposium

11.40AM, Centre for Infection & Immunology

Professor Weber, Dr Duchene & Prof. Rick L. Tarleton


Mouse Models of Cardiac Arrhythmias

1.00PM, The Dianna Bowles Lecture Theatre (K018)

Professor Chris Huang, University of Cambridge

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Surviving climate change - butterflies head north

Should the lynx be reintroduced to Britain? Professor Chris Thomas discusses on BBC news.