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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 offer taught postgraduate courses.

Induction 2019

We are looking forward to meeting all our new postgraduates as you start your life as a Durham research student.
This will be a busy time for you, and we have planned induction activities and events to help you settle in and find your way around.
The induction events planned by us, your College, and the wider University, are designed to inform you about what you need to know before you start your studies and we are all looking forward to meeting you in October!
Please note these dates in your diary or calendar now...
Monday 30 September 2019 - University/Faculty Induction

1000 to 1100 - PhD students, full- and part-time - Room D/CG85 (Chemistry)

1300 to 1400 - Part-time and distance postgraduate research students - Derman christopherson Room, Calman Learning Centre

1400 to 1600 - Masters by Research students - Derman christopherson Room, Calman Learning Centre

Tuesday 1 October 2019 - Departmental Induction

0900 to 0930 - Collection of handbooks - Biosciences Atrium

0930 to 1220 - Welcome addresses by the Head of Department and Director of Postgraduate Studies followed by an overview of the Department, culminating in a tour conducted by current postgraduate students followed by a welcome lunch in the Atrium.

Information about Matriculation and College events can by found by following the links.

Do get in touch if you have any questions.

Durham Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Durham University is delighted to announce the introduction of a tuition fee discount scheme for University alumni who choose to return to Durham University to study at Postgraduate level from the start of the 2018/19 academic year.
A tuition fee discount of 10% will be awarded to any self-funding Durham alumni who was successful in completing a qualification at Durham University at degree level or above.

New BBSRC website Launch!

The new BBSRC DTP website has been launched! Click here for information on this scheme's studentships.