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Durham University

Department of Biosciences


The Department of Biosciences at Durham fosters an active, lively and welcoming environment for postgraduate research students. Research activities are based on the Durham campus, in modern, purpose-built accommodation. With excellent facilities for carrying out research we offer a supportive environment for postgraduate students.

This is one of the very best UK biosciences departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and employability of our students. The Department ranks in the top ten UK Biology Departments for research impact in REF 2014 and contributes to multidisciplinary University initiatives through the Biophysical Sciences Institute and Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.

A policy of recruiting leading researchers to the Department has resulted in strong and in-depth research in areas such as stem cells, plant science, and climate change. Interdisciplinary collaborations, such as Chemical Biology (with Chemistry), the Biophysical Sciences Institute (with Physics), and the Institute of Hazard and Risk Research (with Geography and Earth Sciences) are actively encouraged.

The Department of Biosciences offers two research degrees:

  • PhD (by research)
  • MSc (by research)

Please note that we do not currently offer taught postgraduate courses.

New BBSRC website Launch!

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