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Biological Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Biology. 

We're a friendly and supportive academic community committed to sharing our expertise with the next generation of bioscientists. Find out more about our courses and what it's like to be a student here with York Virtual Visit.

Fantastic facilities

You'll have access to a huge range of facilities including state-of-the-art laboratories and dedicated teaching spaces.

Committed to equality

We are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of the work we do to support gender equality.

Happy students

1st in the Russell Group for 'overall satisfaction' in Biosciences
Of the Russell Group universities included in the 2021 National Student Survey

Our courses

Add a placement year to gain real world experience and valuable career skills to help you stand out from other graduates. All our courses are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.

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Free online courses

Discover how microbes shaped the Earth, explore animal ecosystems and behaviour, and examine the biological processes behind intelligence.

Explore what higher education is all about and learn tips for making the most of your university life and study.

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Hear from our students

University of the Year shortlisted

“York is everything an outstanding university should be”

Find out how we made the shortlist for University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Our University of the Year nomination

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