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9th in the world for Ecology

ShanghaiRankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

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90% of our research in Biological Sciences is internationally excellent

Based on research rated 4* and 3* in the Research Excellence Framework 2021

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Top 20 in the UK for world-leading research in Biological Sciences

REF 2021, based on 4-star research

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Opportunities to learn from experts on field courses around the world

Biosciences at the University of Exeter is a vibrant and rapidly expanding centre for research and teaching across the 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 Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Rothamsted Research, the Met Office and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, enabling you to benefit from direct links to relevant employment opportunities within the UK and abroad.

We provide state-of-the-art facilities for our students: from next-generation DNA sequencing and proteomics facilities, to an enhanced bioimaging suite as well as research laboratories, greenhouses and controlled environment rooms.

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

Camping in the wild African landscape was a unique and intimate experience; we made incredible friendships and lasting memories. It was a life-changing trip! I've also enjoyed learning from some of the world's top marine conservationists. The academics here have amazing connections and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to meet many of these important people in small classroom settings.


MSc Conservation and Biodiversity