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About us

The School of Science at Birkbeck, University of London, provides state-of-the-art facilities and a first-class learning environment.

Some of the country's most distinguished scientists began their careers with us, including Rosalind Franklin, James Lovelock, and  JD Bernal. We commemorate Bernal's legacy with our annual Bernal Lectures and, from 2016, we're delighted to mark the scientific achievements of Rosalind Franklin with an annual lecture in her name. Our inaugural speaker was Professor Elspeth Garman, celebrated Oxford crystallographer.

We're proud that our departments of Biological Sciences and Psychological Sciences have been awarded the Athena SWAN bronze award, in recognition of their work on gender equality.

We offer innovative and world-leading courses across a range of science subjects. Watch our latest School video [6 mins] featuring research students and academics talking about their projects.

The School consists of three departments:

If you're interested in working for us, refer to the current vacancies page on the Birkbeck college site.

Each year we hold a Science Week, where lectures, lab tours and other events let us highlight the research and activities of our departments.

You can follow us on Twitter (@BirkbeckScience) or Facebook (Birkbeck School of Science) to get the latest news about events, research awards and projects.

The newly published Times Higher Education World University rankings for 2017-18 puts Birkbeck in the top third of more than a thousand leading universities, and in the top 10% of universities for international outlook, based on overseas staff, students and research collaborations.

The Prize is perhaps the most prestigious available in the field of crystallography, given to Sir Tom Blundell in recognition of his worldwide leadership in crystallographic innovation.

Research from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences’ Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann found the Earth’s ‘natural thermostat’ could enable recovery from climate change – but this would take hundreds of thousands of years.