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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.

A new book by Birkbeck's Dr Bruna Seu provided material for a fascinating conversation between leading members of humanitarian and international development organisations about how the sector can more effectively gain support for their work and promote public engagement.

The TEF aims to bolster social mobility and tackle inequality by allowing students to fulfil their aspirations and progress onto their chosen careers and Birkbeck’s Silver award recognises our unique and successful model for doing just that

Ian has long been a leading figure in planetary sciences and astrobiology, and has made many major contributions to his field.