UK top five for biological research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

We’re deepening human understanding of organisms, ecosystems and the interdependencies of life to build a sustainable future.

Researcher's new book defends landmark evolutionary theory

A new book by theoretical and computational biologist Professor James Marshall aims to demystify one of the most fundamental areas of evolutionary theory.

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Take the first step towards your degree

See what it's like to study in Animal and Plant Sciences at one of our summer open days. Find out about our undergraduate courses, and meet our staff and students.

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BBC crowns professor a conservation hero

Professor Tim Birkhead has been listed as one of Britain's 50 most influential conservation heroes. BBC Wildlife Magazine is celebrating the people who will have the biggest impact on wildlife in the next decade.

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Learn from leading scientists and discover how life works. Our overseas field courses will give you the ultimate study experience in biology, ecology, plant sciences and zoology.

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World-class research

We're one of the UK's leading centres for research in the life sciences. Our work spans the Arctic and the tropics, single cells and entire ecosystems.

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Bird conservation


Partnerships with industry and other organisations helps us use our research to tackle global problems. We’re collaborating with international partners to safeguard the world's most endangered birds.

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