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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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5th The Complete University Guide 2023
100% internationally recognised research environment (REF 2021)
3rd Guardian University Guide 2023 (Biology)
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.

    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.

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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.

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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

Scientists decrypt the ‘mechanical code’ of DNA

Our highly-rated Department of Biosciences has helped to decipher the mechanical code of DNA.
DNA code

Scientists envisage climate change will severely impact bird communities by 2080

Leading ecologists from our Department of Biosciences and Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Germany have predicted in their latest research that bird communities will change worldwide in 2080 due to climate change, largely as result of shifting their ranges.
Phylogenetic diversity bird

  

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

Cell walls at plasmodesmata and the regulation of intercellular transport

Thursday 20 October 2022 - Thursday 20 October 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Room RH001, Rowan House
Durham river and Cathedral view

The structure and function of purple photosynthetic bacterial light harvesting complexes. A tale of rings

Thursday 27 October 2022 - Thursday 27 October 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Room RH001, Rowan House
Rowing boat on river

Nodules, clocks and roots: communication underground

Thursday 3 November 2022 - Thursday 3 November 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Room RH001, Rowan House
Elvet Bridge

Evolutionary, developmental and ecological analysis of Drosophila visual system

Thursday 10 November 2022 - Thursday 10 November 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Room RH001, Rowan House
Saddler Street in Durham City Centre

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