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About Biosciences at the University of Exeter

Welcome to Biosciences at the University of Exeter. We are a rapidly expanding centre of internationally excellent research and education across the entire spectrum of the biological sciences. We provide a stimulating, inspirational and multidisciplinary environment that brings out the very best in our students and staff.

We are located on the University’s campuses in Exeter, Devon (Streatham Campus) and near Falmouth, Cornwall (Penryn Campus), two of the most beautiful areas of the UK. Biosciences on the Cornwall Campus is represented by the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, and contributes to the University’s £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute. At Streatham, Biosciences extends over four buildings: Geoffrey Pope, Hatherly, the Living Systems Institute and the new BioEconomy Centre.

Research-led teaching and enriched learning opportunities

We are the largest provider of undergraduate life sciences in the UK, contributing to the education of over 1500 students across our three- and four-year BSc and MSci programmes.

We provide an inspirational, demanding and ultimately rewarding study experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, offering unrivalled opportunities to work alongside world-leading researchers, in the lab and in the field, in academia and in industry, at the university and abroad. These opportunities are complemented by a wide range of extra-curricular activities, such as student societies and career and employability events, in which students can play an active role. Through our New Ways of Learning committee, we aim to ensure that we remain at the forefront of teaching and learning across the breadth of biological sciences.

Our world-leading research

Our academic community produces world-class and ground-breaking research. Consequently, we are one of the foremost research Departments for Biosciences anywhere in the UK, and our global reputation is rising rapidly. The current value of ongoing research within Biosciences is more than £40 million funded from research councils (e.g. BBSRC, NERC, EPSRC, ESRC), charities (e.g. Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust), UK government (e.g. DEFRA, Royal Society, DSTL), the EU Commission, and industry (e.g. Shell Research Ltd, Syngenta).

Our research regularly appears in Science, Nature and leading specialist journals, helping to advance Biosciences as a global endeavour, meanwhile having measurable, positive impact on natural systems and human lifestyles. We maintain multiple external research links which improve our programme of research and enhance the education that we provide. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, REF 2021, Biosciences was ranked top 20 in the UK for world-leading research (based on research categorised as 4*).

Athena SWAN award holders

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