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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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Excellent student satisfaction and 9th overall in the Complete University Guide 2018

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Ranked 8th in the UK in the Guardian league table 2018 (Guardian University Guide 2018)

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 Graham FRS

League Table Success

 Biological Sciences at York has once again demonstrated its excellence in University League Tables.  It is consistently ranked among the Top 10 places to study Biological Sciences in the UK.

Also ranked 55th in the world for Life Sciences in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17.

Supporting women in science

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Upcoming seminars   Subscribe to RSS feed


Targeted protein degradation using the dedicated cytosolic antibody receptor TRIM21

1.00PM, K018

Will McEwan, UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Cambridge


Genome Biology in Wild and Cultivated Potato

1.00PM, K018

C. Robin Buell, Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824


Doctoral Training Programmes

White Rose BBSRC DTP advert‌‌



Postgraduate study‌

Research degree programmes

MSc in Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystems

MSc in Industrial Biotechnology

MSc in Molecular Medicine

Virtual Tour

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Take a virtual tour of the Department's state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

Undergraduate study

BSc/MBiol Biology‌‎

BSc/MBiol Biotechnology and Microbiology

BSc/MBiol Ecology

BSc/MBiol Genetics

BSC/MBiol Molecular Cell Biology

BSc/MBiochem Biochemistry

BSc/MbiomedSci Biomedical Sciences

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