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Welcome to the Department of Biosciences at Durham

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.

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100% internationally recognised research environment (REF 2021)
4th in the Guardian University Guide 2024
5th in the Complete University Guide 2024
Athena Swan Bronze Award

Study with Us

  • Undergraduate Study

    Our teaching is broad, from molecular structures to landscape-scale population dynamics, reflecting major questions in biology.

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  • Postgraduate Study

    Join a strong and vibrant postgraduate community for training in modern research techniques using state-of-the-art research infrastructure.

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Undergraduate Study

Our teaching is broad, from molecular structures to landscape-scale population dynamics, reflecting major questions in biology.

Students working at computer screens

Postgraduate Study

Join a strong and vibrant postgraduate community for training in modern research techniques using state-of-the-art research infrastructure.

Student looking closely at a block

Work with us

We welcome new members to our team, bringing new approaches to answering biological questions.

The freedom to pursue your research interest, and to make that part of your teaching, is a valuable feature of what we offer to our team and, through them, to our students. You will also find that Durham’s interdisciplinary approach to research brings fresh perspectives to your own work.
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Research

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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News

New study finds European breeding birds respond slowly to recent climate change

In a new study, leading scientists from our Department of Biosciences have found that local colonisation and extinction of European breeding birds are very weakly influenced by climate change.
European bird - white tailed eagle

Strengthening and expanding protected areas of existing parks is crucial for biodiversity conservation

In a new study, bioscientists argue that strengthening the protection given to areas already protected under law or by local communities is as critical for safeguarding biodiversity as creating new protected areas.
Protected area for at risk species

  

At Durham, we provide an outstanding environment for research and education in animal, plant and bacterial 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

Upcoming events

Coexistence of competing species in ecological communities via co-evolved “rules of engagement” using reef fish

Thursday 29 February 2024 - Thursday 29 February 2024
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
L50, Psychology
Durham river and Cathedral view

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