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.

Citizen scientists needed to map 3D scans to solve puzzle of bird bill evolution

Dr Gavin Thomas and his research group have embarked on the task of scanning the bills of 10,000 species to build the most comprehensive data set of bird bills ever attempted.

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Take the first step towards your degree

See what it's like to study in Animal and Plant Sciences at our open day on Saturday 24 October. Find out about our undergraduate courses, and meet our staff and students.

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Understanding species distributions in the face of climate change

International researchers, led by the Animal and Plant Sciences, has moved one step closer to discovering how physiological attributes allow some plants to thrive in a variety of conditions – something that could be the key to future food sustainability.

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Field course

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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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