The biosciences have undergone a revolution over the last 70 years with the advent of techniques such as molecular biology, genomics, systems biology and “big data” analysis. They continue to develop rapidly, with the rate of discovery increasing year on year. The degree programme at Durham reflects modern bioscience in being research-led, and in covering the diversity of the subject both in scale, from the molecular level to entire ecosystems, and in concept, from the intersections of biology with chemistry and physics to links with medicine, and social sciences. It is designed to maximise student choice and to allow flexibility of study options. The “Biological Sciences” degree programme includes a series of possible themed module routes such as Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Science, and Ecology and Environmental Science.
We offer both a three year degree programme in Biological Sciences (BSc), and a four year programme leading to a Masters Degree in Biosciences (MBiol). Both 3- and 4-year degree programmes share content for the first two years of the course, allowing interchange up to the beginning of year 3. The BSc programme also offers an option to take a placement year or a study abroad year between level 2 and final year.
The Biosciences Department at Durham offers a teaching programme which is continuously revised and updated, using good practice from both traditional and more modern teaching methods. We aim to produce graduates whose ability to think critically and problem-solve will be relevant whether they continue into further study or employment inside or outside scientific disciplines.