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Welcome to Graduate Studies in Biology

At the University of York we have one of the best Biology departments in the country for postgraduate study, with an excellent reputation for both research and teaching quality. The Department received a score of 24/24 in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment, and in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the Department was rated equal first among broad spectrum bioscience departments for research quality that is judged to be world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

We cover the whole spectrum of modern biological disciplines, from field ecology to protein structure, and have a strongly collaborative ethos with no artificial internal divisions. All our postgraduate training is strongly research-oriented, and we have excellent facilities with easy access to the latest equipment and expert advice in our Technology Facility. All students also benefit from a balanced programme of training in broader research-related skills that enhance their career prospects.


The excellence of the Biology Department's graduate programmes has been recognised in a new European ranking by the German based Centre for Higher Education Development. The Department was placed in the top 'Excellence Group' of 250 European science departments taking into account rankings of  four indicators — number of publications, citations, number of outstanding researchers and number of projects in the European Union’s Marie Curie research programme.
For more details see:

  • According to Science Watch, York Biology is the top-ranked department in the UK (plant and animal sciences) in terms of average citations per paper (2001-2005)
  • Both the Sunday Times and Guardian University Guides have confirmed that York is firmly in the top 10 of UK universities

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