Durham University

Department of Biosciences

Open Days and Visits

This page provides information for visitors to the Department of Biosciences. For more general information on visits to the University, please visit www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/visit/

The best way to find out more about living and studying at Durham University is to come and visit the Department.

Open days

University wide open days are an excellent opportunity to visit and develop a picture of life at our University.

Pre-application open days

The University Pre-application open days normally run twice in late June/early July and once in late September. You can book your place on open days at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/undergraduate/visit/preapplication/durham/ . Bookings for open days go live approximately six weeks ahead of time.

Post-application open days

Open days for those applicants holding an offer from the University normally run in March/April. Letters of invitation, including information on how to book online, will be sent by your college sometime after the third week in January. Experience has been that post-application visits can be useful to all applicants, but of particular benefit to those who had not attended pre-application open days.


If you cannot attend the Unversity-wide or Departmental open days, then we are happy to arrange an individual visit to the Department of Biosciences. In order to make the most of your visit, you must contact us to arrange a suitable time before you come. Visits are normally held on Wednesdays to co-ordinate with the University campus tours, but can be arranged on other days, subject to availability. Contact us at bio.admissions@durham.ac.uk. Campus tours can be booked here: book online.

Other information

You can download a self-guided tour to other parts of the university at www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/visit

If you would like to visit colleges during your visit you will need to contact them directly. Details of colleges can be found at www.durham.ac.uk/colleges

You can find a map of Durham showing the Department of Biosciences (previously, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences), building number 11, by clicking on our web site home page at https://www.dur.ac.uk/map/

You might also find it helpful to go to Google maps to view a map and a high resolution aerial photograph of Durham showing our location. This, used in conjunction with the map on our web site or in our prospectus, will give you a feeling for the location of the School in relation to the colleges, other departments and the city itself, which are all in close proximity.

Parking can be difficult in the centre of the city but the Howlands Park-and-Ride is only a short walk away from the science site.

We look forward to seeing you. If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us at bio.admissions@durham.ac.uk