University of Exeter: Biosciences

University of Exeter


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 molecular biology to cellular and whole organism biology, to conservation, ecology, computational biology and biological chemistry.

Biosciences on our Streatham Campus
On the Streatham Campus our Bioscientists explore the biology and chemistry that underpins our complex, dynamic natural world, creating new knowledge, communicating it to a wide audience, and applying it to some of society’s biggest issues.

Our internationally-facing MSc in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture bridges the gap between fundamental and applied plant and animal science.

"I particularly enjoyed the Crop Security module as it was very challenging. It looked at how food production could be increased sustainably given that land is limited and global population is continuously increasing."
Donaldrich, MSc Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, Streatham Campus

Biosciences on our Penryn Campus
At the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, we pride ourselves on cutting-edge education and research designed to address the factors that influence biodiversity and complexity in the natural world.

We also offer a number of renowned one year MSc degrees: Conservation and BiodiversityConservation Science and Policy and Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology which attract students from across the world.

“The biggest highlight of the programme was the field trip to Kenya. We visited various national parks and conservation areas and learnt about the impact of conservation practices on the local people. Camping in the wild African landscape was a unique and intimate experience.”
Cody, MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, Penryn Campus

As a highly research-active discipline, we are in an excellent position to offer postgraduate programmes focusing on a range of discipline-specific and generic skills, designed to enhance your employability. We enjoy superb links with key external stakeholders, such as: The Food and Environment Research Agency, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences, The Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, for example, enabling you to benefit from direct links to relevant employment opportunities within the UK and abroad.

Our facilities
We provide state-of-the-art facilities for all students in Cornwall and Exeter from next-generation DNA sequencing and proteomics facilities, an enhanced bioimaging suite in Exeter, and research laboratories, greenhouses and controlled environment rooms.

Some academic members of Biosciences are located in the interdisciplinary Living Systems Institute (LSI) at Exeter and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at Penryn. The LSI, which opened in 2016, pioneers novel approaches to understanding a broad spectrum of disease and how they can be better diagnosed. The £30 million ESI leads research into solutions to problems of environmental change, improving people’s relationships with the environment.

University of Exeter
College of Life and Environmental Science, Biosciences
Tel: +44 [0]1392 72 5818

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