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Welcome to Biosciences

Hello and welcome to the Department of Biosciences. Our Department is a community that includes academic staff, experimental officers, professional support staff, teaching technicians, postdoctoral scientists, and also you, our postgraduate and undergraduate students. What we share is a passion for biosciences education and research. You are at the start of your University journey and will begin at the ‘education’ end of the spectrum. However, we are not merely teaching with you as a passive recipient of knowledge; we train you to think and understand the natural world. We will, almost immediately, start to equip you with the skills to perform research in biosciences. By the time you graduate, you will have seen the cutting edge of contemporary biosciences. The skills you develop are not only applicable to the biosciences; you can take these skills into employment in any sector as we are training you as active thinkers and the leaders of tomorrow. Your course is a challenge that I hope you will embrace because we are living in a golden age for biosciences research. Good luck! Professor Martin Cann, Head of Department



University student
I started a BSc, switched to a master’s, then began a PhD. My supervisor, research group and progress committee have been hugely supportive as I’ve learnt new techniques in the last 3 years. The department is a great place to study a discipline which seems more important now than ever. The chance to teach other students and represent them on various committees has been very rewarding. But I’m most grateful for the friends made via the department, which often extend beyond Durham.

Jack Bolton
PhD Student - Department of Biosciences



Biosciences Information

After you've enrolled, we'd like you to log into Ultra, our Virtual Learning Environment. You'll find an Induction course there. This will be fully available by mid-September, but you can start looking at some sections sooner. This course will help you to start getting to know your department and what happens next.

Checklist for New Students

There's lots of useful information here to guide you through enrolment and registration.
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Enrol and Register

Log in to Banner self-service to enrol and register. You can do this after you've received your username and password.
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact us.


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