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Department of Biological Sciences

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Department of Biological Sciences

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Research excellence

Working in close collaboration with the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, the Department is recognised for the excellence and international impact of its research.

State-of-the-art research facilities

Our labs are equipped to support research areas such as protein crystallography, cryo-electron and confocal microscopy, biophysics, microbiology, synthetic and analytical chemistry.

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.

[Photo credit: Rachel Chapman]

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.

Professor Moores presents recent paper on kinesins to international audience in Khandala, India

Professor of Structural Biology presents research at Frontiers of Science meeting.

Birkbeck in £15M consortium to train the next generation of bioscientists

Birkbeck consortium will make available thirty PhD studentships annually for next five years

ISMB welcomes Nobel laureate to sixth research symposium

The programme covered all aspects of the Institute's research and included speakers from academic and research institutions around the world.

05 November 2014 - 13:00: ISMB Seminar series: Prof Nigel Minton

Synthetic Biology seminars

12 November 2014 - 13:00: ISMB Seminar series: Dr Patrick Cai

Synthetic Genomics: from genetic parts to genomes

19 November 2014 - 13:00: ISMB Seminar series: Dr Cynthia Sharma

Regulatory RNAs in the Pathogenic Epsilonproteobacteria, Helicobacter Pylori and Campylobacter Jejuni

Studentship opportunities

Research in the Department attracts significant and diverse funding, in particular for PhD studentships.

Wellcome Trust 4 year Interdisciplinary PhD Programme
Application deadline: 7 January 2015

MRC Interdisciplinary PhD Programme
Applications will open in November 2014

BBSRC funded London Interdisciplinary Doctoral  Programme (LIDo)
Applications will open shortly