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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.

The distinguished scientists Rosalind Franklin and J D Bernal worked at Birkbeck. 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. (Garman Group lab)

We're proud that our Department of Biological Sciences has been awarded an Athena SWAN Silver Award in October 2018 and the Department of Psychological Sciences has been awarded an Athena SWAN bronze award, in recognition of their work on equality and diversity.

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 listing 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 programme of Orientation and course induction events are a great chance for students to meet new classmates and to prepare as well as possible for the start of term.

A 230-tonne boulder gives new insight into the processes that drive change on a comet’s surface.

If a general election is called this autumn, students who are registered to vote elsewhere will need to apply for a postal vote or register at their new address.