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Durham University

Department of Biosciences

Department of Biosciences

Our research and teaching addresses fundamentally important questions facing humankind, from food security to sustainability in industrial processes, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and the impact of climate change on life on earth. Our students develop a wide range of analytical and practical skills that prepare them to meet these challenges.

"At Durham Biosciences we provide an outstanding environment for research and education. Our students go on to a wide range of careers or further training, armed with the analytical skills and knowledge needed to contribute to a better society."

Keith Lindsey, Head of Department


Undergraduate Study

Our teaching is broad, from molecular structures to landscape-scale population dynamics, reflecting major questions in biology. Students can specialise in areas of interest, but develop a breadth of understanding and practical training, whether in the lab, in the field or in industry.



Postgraduate Study

Join a strong and vibrant postgraduate community for training in modern research techniques using state-of-the-art research infrastructure. Students are supervised for Masters or PhD programmes by supervisors who are world experts in their fields.




Our research covers the breadth of the biological sciences, from cell and molecular biology in animals, plants, and microbes; to ecology, evolution and the environment. We often work at the interface with other disciplines such as the physical sciences, supported by outstanding research infrastructure in genomics, bioimaging and mass spectrometry, and plant and animal growth facilities.




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UK Government supports Covid-19 detection dogs trial

Government funding awarded to Biosciences Professor Steve Lindsay, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Medical Detection Dogs to start a Covid-19 detection dogs trial. Read the full story here

(18 May 2020)