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MSc Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise

Our brand new taught programme provides essential learning, expertise and business skills for the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs.

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Postgraduate Study

Biosciences is a vibrant, research-led department with a focus on the science underpinning global challenges. 

We support a broad-based, sustainability-centred research strategy, informed by scientific advances and national and international priorities. We focus on the science underpinning global challenges in climate change, food security, global health, sustainable bio-manufacturing, biodiversity and replacing animal models in research. In this time of change the study of the biosciences has never been more important.

We have a dynamic community of over one-hundred postgraduate students, who come from all over the world to conduct their research and develop their skills. Research covers the breadth of the biological sciences, and is supported by outstanding research infrastructure in genomics, bioimaging and mass spectrometry, and plant and animal growth facilities. We encourage prospective PhD students to make informal contact with potential supervisors to discuss their interests at an early stage.

We offer two research degrees, PhD (by research) and MSc (by research), and the new taught MSc in Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise.

Nerve cells derived from human stem cells

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

Study options

We offer two postgraduate study options:

  • Taught MSc degree
  • Research degrees; both PhD and Masters by Research
  • Taught Degree

    Join the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs on our new MSc in Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise
    Cellular and molecular biology
  • Research Degrees

    Pursue your research interest on either our PhD or Masters by Research

Taught Degree

Join the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs on our new MSc in Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise
Cellular and molecular biology

Research Degrees

Pursue your research interest on either our PhD or Masters by Research
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Our seminar series

Our Students and Staff enjoy attending and participating in our Departmental Seminar series, covering a wide range of biological topics. The seminars give us more opportunities to share, discover, and join in with lively discussions.

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Congratulations to Adrian Brennan who has just published his latest paper in MDPI.

Dr Adrian Brennan and a team of researchers have just published their latest paper in MDPI.
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Climate change might make winter bird migration a thing of the past

Congratulations to Professor Steve Willis and Kieran Lawrence on their paper just published in Global Change Biology.
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Understanding the relationship between dementia and COVID-19 risk

Georgia Walsh, a third year Biological Sciences student performed a BPS-funded summer placement in Dr Paul Chazot's lab probing a potential new Durham University “spin out” drug for treating Parkinsons disease. Georgia is the deputy lead of the new Durham University Parkinsons Pals community support programme, the first in the UK.
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Infrared light therapy might aid dementia patients

Research led by Dr Paul Chazot on a new infrared light therapy that might have the potential to help people with dementia.
Paul Chazot: Infrared light therapy

How an equal partnership can lead to big breakthroughs in NTDs research.

Our international consortium of academic researchers from South America, Asia and the UK, are seeking new therapeutic solutions to leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.
Neglected Tropical Diseases

Congratulations to Dr Wayne Dawson who has been awarded a Darwin+ project!

Wayne Dawson has been awarded a Darwin+ project funded by the Darwin Initiative (Defra), to assess climate change-mediated invasion risks posed by introduced plants and invertebrates on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.

Congratulations to Adrian Brennan who has just published his latest paper in MDPI.

Dr Adrian Brennan and a team of researchers have just published their latest paper in MDPI.
Chickpea plant

Climate change might make winter bird migration a thing of the past

Congratulations to Professor Steve Willis and Kieran Lawrence on their paper just published in Global Change Biology.
Yellow Wagtail