The School of Biosciences provides a friendly and supportive environment in which to study, benefiting from the spectacular natural setting of the South West

About us

Welcome to Biosciences at the University of Exeter. We are a rapidly expanding centre of internationally excellent research and teaching that provides a stimulating, inspirational and multidisciplinary environment which brings out the very best in our students and staff. Our world-class academic staff are committed to providing the highest quality education and research across the spectrum of the biological sciences.

We are located on the University’s campuses near Falmouth, Cornwall and in Exeter, Devon. two of the most beautiful areas of the UK. Biosciences on the Cornwall Campus is represented by the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, which shares the campus with the University’s £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute.

Research-led teaching and enriched learning opportunities

We provide an inspirational, demanding and ultimately rewarding learning experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We offer unrivalled opportunities to work alongside world-leading academics on essential scientific research. These are complemented by a wide-range of extra-curricular activities, such as subject-specific societies and career and employability events, in which you can play an active role.

Our world-leading research

Our academic community are actively involved in producing world-class and groundbreaking research. Consequently we are one of the foremost research departments for Biosciences anywhere in the UK.

The current value of ongoing research within Biosciences is more than £40 million funded from research councils, charities (Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust), UK government (DEFRA, Royal Society, DSTL), the EU Commission, and industrial companies (Shell Research Ltd, Syngenta).

Our success rate in the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) response mode, which is the  funding stream supporting excellent research, is above the national average, and we rank in the top six universities for successful Natural Environment Research Councils (NERC) awards.

Our research regularly appears in Science, Nature and other leading specialist journals, continuing to make an impact across the subject. We maintain multiple external research links which not only impact on our programme of research but also enhance our teaching programme.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Our academics are recognised as being world-leading experts in their chosen fields, and we continually pursue research of international excellence across the discipline. This has been recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework 2014, the UK government’s main measure of quality of universities’ research, which rated us in top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research (based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*).

Athena SWAN award holders

The Biosciences departments at both our Exeter and Cornwall campuses are now proud holders of Athena SWAN Bronze and Athena SWAN Silver awards, recognising our commitment to advancing the careers of women in science and our discipline.