Biosciences

  • Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • High-quality research supervision, with ongoing research worth more than £50 million
  • Research regularly published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • Excellent facilities with a £25 million investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and platform technologies
  • High quality research supervision to develop and nurture the scientific potential of all graduates

Biosciences at the University of Exeter is a vibrant and rapidly expanding centre for research and teaching across a broad spectrum of biological sciences. Our students join a community of world-leading experts in subjects ranging from molecular biology to cellular and whole organism biology, to conservation, ecology, computational biology and biological chemistry.

As a highly research-active discipline, we are in an excellent position to offer postgraduate programmes focusing on a range of discipline-specific and generic skills, designed to enhance your employability. We enjoy superb links with key external stakeholders, such as: The Food and Environment Research Agency, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences, The Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, for example, enabling you to benefit from direct links to relevant employment opportunities within the UK and abroad.

We provide state-of-the-art facilities for all students in Cornwall and Exeter from next-generation DNA sequencing and proteomics facilities, an enhanced bioimaging suite in Exeter, and research laboratories, greenhouses and controlled environment rooms.

Some academic members of Biosciences are located in the interdisciplinary Livings Systems Institute (LSI) at Exeter and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at Penryn. The LSI, which opened in 2016, pioneers novel approaches to understanding a broad spectrum of disease and how they can be better diagnosed. The £30 million ESI leads research into solutions to problems of environmental change, improving people’s relationships with the environment.