Biosciences

Biosciences at the University of Exeter is a world-class expanding centre for the teaching and research of biological sciences. You will be taught by internationally renowned experts in subjects at the frontiers of science and throughout the spectrum of biology: evolution, conservation, ecology, whole organism biology, microbiology, molecular and cellular biology, computational biology, and biological chemistry.

We have attracted internationally renowned professors to join our staff and we also host a number of research fellows who received independent funding from the Royal Society, BBSRC, NERC, Leverhulme Trust, United States NSF, and the EU Marie Curie Programmes. The Society of Biology recognises all of our programmes.

Our teaching introduces new concepts in systems biology and describes how fundamental research is both commercialised in the biotechnology industry and applied practically in the fields of ecology and conservation. State-of-the-art teaching laboratory facilities integrate with activities in lecture theatres, classrooms and the field.

We provide the highest standard of care and support to our students, as well as the latest research information and teaching techniques. A wide range of modules, built around a core curriculum, provide the skills needed to become a free-thinking, critical scientist.

A huge range of extracurricular activities, specialised societies, and volunteering opportunities allow you to translate theory into real-world actions.

We provide state-of-the-art facilities for all our students in Cornwall and Exeter. In Cornwall these include our state-of-the-art teaching laboratory, plus technology which is integrated with our teaching in the lab, classroom and field; in Exeter there are next-generation DNA sequencing and proteomics facilities and an enhanced bioimaging suite.

You may also be interested in our BSc/MSci Natural Sciences or BSc Medical Sciences programme.

As a student of Biosciences at our Penryn Campus, you will be taught by some of the world’s foremost biologists, working in evolution, behaviour, ecology and conservation.
Our staff are active researchers who specialise in a range of fields and topics, including marine biology, conservation biology, behavioural, population and community ecology, zoology, and evolutionary biology and genetics. Expert teaching and world-class research explore the very factors influencing biodiversity and complexity in the natural world.

Cornwall is a perfect living laboratory, offering a diverse range of marine and terrestrial habitats and a wealth of natural resources. It is an interactive, dynamic and intimate environment in which to study, with state-of-the-art equipment, including the recently extended and refurbished teaching laboratory.

Staff are affiliated with the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, and the campus also features the University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), which leads cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of environmental change.

As part of a research-led department you will discuss the very latest ideas in our interactive seminars and tutorials and, in your final year, become an active member of the research team. We have very close links with a wide range of conservation and environmental organisations in the UK and overseas with whom there may be the opportunity to collaborate for your final year research project. Many of our students also work with these organisations during vacations and their second year work placement module or through one of our four-year programmes with Professional Placement.

Field Courses*

We pride ourselves in offering an extensive range of field courses across our Biosciences programmes with exciting local, national and international destinations. Depending on your programme of study, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a number of options including understanding the ecology and evolutionary biology of Switzerland or the Pyrenees, studying tropical biodiversity in Borneo, learning about special ecosystems of North Cyprus, visiting impressive seabird breeding colonies in Scotland or watching grizzly bears fish for salmon in Alaska, to name but a few.

To find out more and hear the latest news from Cornwall Biosciences students on the field courses visit the Fieldcourse website

*Field course destinations may be subject to change.

At our Streatham Campus, you will join a community of scientists whose world-class research is matched by their passion for teaching. Our expertise spans the fields of ecotoxicology and environmental biology, plant pathology, whole-organism biology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology.

From your first day, you will interact with exceptional researchers in your academic tutorials and group lectures. Over the course of your degree, your learning will be driven towards small, focused sessions in the final year, based around the very latest research topics. You will also be able to undertake a challenging independent research project dealing with questions and issues at the cutting-edge of life science research.

Our teaching laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for observational, experimental and numerical aspects of biosciences. In addition, we have next-generation DNA sequencing facilities, a bio-imaging facility, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, laser confocal and fluorescence microscopes, real-time polymerase chain reaction and advanced analytical machines. Our aquatic resource centre provides opportunities for work on both freshwater and marine systems.

Our academics have close links with a wide range of industrial, medical and conservation organisations that you may be able to collaborate with for your final year research project. Many of our students work with these organisations during their vacations and others build their experience through one of our four-year programmes with Professional Placement / Industrial Experience.

Many of our programmes are recognised by the Royal Society of Biology.