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Department of Biological Sciences

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Department of Biological Sciences

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REF2014 research excellence

Recent REF2014 results ranked the department (joint submission with UCL) 11th in the UK based on GPA (Grade Point Average) and 4* papers (4* indicates world-leading quality research). It was also recognised as being 3rd nationally for research power.

PhD funding opportunities

Each year we have a number of PhD studentships funded by the MRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust and others. Find out more about programmes and projects.

Flexible study

We offer courses at all levels, from certificates to PhD. We also have popular distance learning courses that students from around the world have used to develop their professional skills.

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Study with us: part or full time

Birkbeck supports the needs of students who are juggling daytime work or other commitments with evening study. Most of our students study part-time in the evenings, but you can also study with us full-time.

TB project wins BITE title

St Mary's School has won a prestigious accolade for an after-school science project developed with Birkbeck academics

Dr Anthony Roberts receives Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award

Anthony Roberts' research into motor proteins recognised by award for outstanding early career scientists.

Dr Sanjib Bhakta leads professional and public events to commemorate World TB Day 2015

From the international TB Day summit to the Building Bridges project at the Science Museum, Dr Bhakta shares his team's research investigations in the fight against Tuberculosis.

Studentship opportunities

Research in the Department attracts significant and diverse funding, in particular for PhD studentships. More opportunities will be listed here later in the year.