University of Exeter: Biosciences

Biosciences at the University of Exeter 


Why study Biosciences at the University of Exeter?

  • Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research[1]
  • High-quality research supervision, with ongoing research worth more than £50 million
  • 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
  • Excellent facilities with a £25 million investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and platform technologies
  • High quality research supervision to develop and nurture the scientific potential of all graduates

[1] REF 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Be part of our community
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.

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 agencies, enabling you to benefit from direct links to relevant employment opportunities within the UK and abroad. Find out more about our programmes.

Studying at our campuses in Exeter and Cornwall
We provide state-of-the-art facilities for all students across our campuses in Cornwall and Exeter. These include next-generation DNA sequencing and proteomics facilities, and an enhanced bioimaging suite in Exeter, and research laboratories, greenhouses and controlled environment rooms in Cornwall.

The University of Exeter has more than £1.5 million worth of scholarships for students applying to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes starting in autumn 2018.

Within Biosciences, awards of up to £5,000 are available for the following programmes:

The awards will be automatically applied to outstanding applicants, and does not need to be applied for separately. If you are awarded a scholarship as part of this scheme you will be informed as part of your offer notification.

What our students say
There have been many valuable aspects of the programme, most notably the high level of external speakers and experts who have come in to speak to us regarding local and national conservation issues and programmes; this included talks about the conservation implications of development at Falmouth docks, and speakers from Natural England, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the Atlantic Whale Foundation and many more. This made a change from lectures and showed us the practical side of what we were learning. It also gave us a chance to have lively debates and question sessions with these experts. Another valuable aspect of the course was the diversity and number of field visits. The Kenya field trip was by far the most rewarding learning experience of the course.

I found the staff to all be really approachable and down to earth, and the modules mean that you learn a huge variety of new information and skills, from statistics and GIS to marine conservation. What’s more, the Penryn Campus is in a great location surrounded by nature so we were able to do many local field trips including the national seal sanctuary, the lobster hatchery and Plymouth aquarium. It also means you don’t have to travel far to carry out research for your dissertation since there is a lot of wildlife right on the doorstep.

Katie Goodman, MSc Conservation and Biodiversity.

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College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter
Hatherly Laboratories
Prince of Wales Road
Exeter EX4 4PS
Telephone: +44 (0)1392 725818

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