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Department of Biological Sciences

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Department of Biological Sciences

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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]

Athena SWAN bronze award presented to Department at December awards ceremony

Professor Carolyn Moores represented the Department of Biological Sciences to collect the award which recognised the excellent, ongoing work towards best equality practice.

PhD funding opportunities

A number of PhD studentships for 2017/18 will be available soon - read more about those funded by the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and MRC.

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. In the REF2014 the department's joint submission with UCL was ranked as 11th in the UK based on Grade Point Average.

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.

Study paves the way for new treatments to combat bacterial infections

Scientists reveal new details of structure of bacterial pili

Symposium celebrates achievements of Birkbeck crystallographer

Professor Bonnie Wallace’s research and teaching successes celebrated at day-long symposium

Studentship opportunities

Research in the Department attracts significant and diverse funding.
2017 studentship opportunities are now available - highlighted studentships are also shown below:

Wellcome Trust 4yr Interdisciplinary PhD - deadline Friday 6 January 2017