• Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • 7th in the world for Ecology in the ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019
  • 10th for Biological Sciences in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • 2nd in the Russell Group for Biosciences in the National Student Survey 2019
  • 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 Living 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.

What our students say

Cody, MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, Penryn Campus

“The biggest highlight of the programme was the field trip to Kenya. We visited various national parks and conservation areas and learnt about the impact of conservation practices on the local people. Camping in the wild African landscape was a unique and intimate experience.”

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Donaldrich, MSc Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, Streatham Campus

“I particularly enjoyed the Crop Security module as it was very challenging. It looked at how food production could be increased sustainably given that land is limited and global population is continuously increasing. We also had the opportunity to visit Rothamsted Research Farm on a field trip.”

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Lakshmipriya, MSc Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, Streatham Campus

“The course is absolutely fantastic as it covers agriculture and sustainability from lots of different angles. Seeing things from different perspectives, from farmers to scientists and policy-makers, has helped me understand how all these pieces fit together into sustainability as a whole.”

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