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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 we provide an outstanding environment for research and education in animal, plant and microbial biology encompassing expertise from the atomic to whole ecosystem scale. Trained by Durham Biosciences in the skills and knowledge required, our students are able to succeed in a wide range of careers or training environments and help society tackle the challenges for the future"

Professor Martin Cann, 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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2020 Rosalind Franklin Medal and Prize

Congratulations to Biosciences Martin Cann and the UK Physics of Life (2) Network Steering Group on winning the 2020 Rosalind Franklin Medal and prize from the Institute of Physics.

Read about the award here

(30 Oct 2020)

£10m to improving sustainable food production using insects

New Innovate UK funding awarded to DCCIT Members Elaine Fitches and Ari Sadanandom 

Durham has received £490,000 from the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Read more about this project here

(22 Oct 2020)

BBSRC award £4.5m to help future-proof crops

Congratulations to Ari Sadanandom and Miguel de Lucas who have just been awarded one of four grants of £4.5m from the BBSRC on 'rules of life' to lead a plant project on research into climate change.

Watch Ari and Miguel explain here and the full press release can be read here.

(5 Oct 2020)

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