Biosciences at our Penryn Campus, Cornwall

  • 6th in the world for Ecology in the ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018
  • 10th for Biological Sciences in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Extensive range of field courses in local, national and international destinations
  • Be taught by some of the world’s leading biologists, working in evolution, behaviour, ecology and conservation
  • Cornwall is a living laboratory, offering a diverse range of marine and terrestrial habitats and a wealth of natural resources
  • Employability is embedded throughout every year of the programmes
  • Opportunities to study abroad, and undertake field study in the UK
  • Professional placement opportunities

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.

What our students say

Lauren, BSc Zoology

"I really enjoy the range of study offered by the biosciences department. In the second and third years, modules range from Human Behaviour and Mathematical Modelling to Conservation and Animal Physiology. The field trips are definitely my highlight so far. We spent a week in Canada and a week in the US."

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Sam, BSc Zoology with Professional Placement

"All my lecturers were brilliant and always happy to stay behind after lectures to answer questions. I really enjoyed studying at the Penryn Campus. Penryn is an ideal place to study, and the ‘living laboratory’ environment allows you to put your learning into practice. The international field trip in second year was an incredible experience."

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Michelle, BSc Marine Biology with Study Abroad

"I enjoy the practical aspects of BSc Marine Biology the most. I get the opportunity to explore my subject through exciting field trips, and acquaint myself with the anatomy of vertebrates and invertebrates in the lab. The biggest highlight of the programme so far was definitely the field trip to Newquay Zoo in the first term."

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