Society of Biology

Many of our programmes are recognised by the Society of Biology.

International students in Exeter city centre

Over the last five years, Biosciences has welcomed postgraduate students from over 60 countries.

Join CEC staff and students on their MSc field course in Kenya focussing on the biodiversity and conservation of this exciting region. View full size.

Postgraduate Biosciences

  • 6th in the UK for Biosciences in The Guardian University Guide 2015
  • 9th for Biological Sciences in The Complete University Guide 2016
  • Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research2
  • Excellent facilities with a £25 million investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and platform technologies
  • The current value of ongoing research within Biosciences is more than £40 million funded from research councils, charities, UK government, the EU Commission, and industrial companies
  • 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
  • 5th in the UK in the National Student Survey (2014)1
  • 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 evolutionary biology, conservation and ecology, through whole organism biology and microbiology, to molecular and cellular biology, computational biology and biological chemistry.

As a highly research-active discipline, we are in an excellent position to offer taught Masters programmes focusing on a range of discipline-specific and generic skills, designed to enhance student employability. We enjoy excellent links with key external agencies, enabling students 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. These include next-generation DNA sequencing and proteomics facilities and an enhanced bioimaging suite in Exeter, and research laboratories, greenhouses, aviary and controlled environment rooms in Cornwall. The Centre for Ecology and Conservation, Biosciences in Cornwall, shares the campus with the University’s £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute which is leading the way in cutting-edge environmental research.

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about our taught masters and research programmes from interested students throughout the year. Please contact:

Penryn Campus

Taught programmes

Tel: +44 (0)1326 371801

Streatham Campus

Taught programmes
Tel: +44 (0)1392 723788

Research programmes

Postgraduate Research team
Phone: + 44 (0)1392 723310

The University of Exeter is a world class institution with professors who are experts in their fields. The quality of the lectures is exquisite and based on current technologies in the modern world.

Biosciences taught postgraduate student, Streatham Campus

1 based on the average percentage of positive responses, from Biology and Zoology students, across all survey categories for full service universities

2 Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*