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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.
You'll have access to a huge range of facilities including state-of-the-art laboratories and dedicated teaching spaces.
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1st in the Russell Group for 'overall satisfaction' in Biosciences
Of the Russell Group universities included in the 2021 National Student Survey
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