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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.

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

Professor Glaucius Oliva, recently appointed as a Birkbeck Fellow, visits the department

On the day of his Fellowship award, Professor Oliva visits the department to talk with past and present research collaborators.

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

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

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 soon

BBSRC funded London Interdisciplinary Doctoral  Programme (LIDo)
Application deadline 23 January 2015