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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

We have a number of interdisciplinary PhD studentships funded by the MRC, BBSRC and Wellcome Trust. 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.

Birkbeck celebrates strong research success

Birkbeck welcomes the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), published today.

Professor Moores inspires sixth form girls with her talk on careers in science

Professor Carolyn Moores shares what it takes to have a successful career in science.

Research reveals how our bodies keep unwelcome visitors out of cell nuclei

Findings could lead to development of new drugs to protect normal cell functioning

Studentship opportunities

Research in the Department attracts significant and diverse funding, in particular for PhD studentships. Programme links below give more details.

MRC Interdisciplinary PhD Programme
Application deadline: 17 February 2015

MRC PhD studentship: Macromolecular machines responsible for homeostasis
Application deadline: 17 February 2015