Biosciences at our Streatham Campus, Exeter

  • 10th for Biological Sciences in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Be taught by scientists from the fields of ecotoxicology and environmental biology, plant pathology, whole-organism biology, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology and molecular biology
  • Our teaching laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for observational, experimental and numerical aspects of biosciences and our facilities include next-generation DNA sequencing, bio-imaging, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, laser confocal and fluorescence microscopes, real-time polymerase chain reaction and advanced analytical machines.
  • Opportunities to study abroad, and undertake field study in the UK
  • Professional placement and industrial experience opportunities

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.

What our students say

Emily, BSc Biological Sciences


"I had always heard such good things about the University of Exeter and when I came to the Open Day, it did not disappoint! I loved the campus; it had such a great feel to it and promoted the biological sciences department really well with welcoming current students to answer any questions. The sports opportunities are also amazing!"

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Luke, BSc Biological Sciences with Professional Placement

"Being able to learn about real-world issues from the people researching them is amazing. The academics are really passionate about their subjects. The ecology lecturers, in particular, are brilliant. I can now fully appreciate the pressures facing the environment, and the world-class science going on in the background looking for the solutions."

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Hannah, BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry with Study Abroad

"I really like that biological and medicinal chemistry is quite a small cohort, as it made it easy to make friends. The strong research focus of the teaching really helps put the lectures into a wider context, which makes the modules feel current and relevant, and the lecturers are all really passionate about their areas of expertise."

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