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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.

Donors, volunteers, students and staff of Birkbeck gathered at ‘An Evening of Thanks’ to celebrate contributions to college life, made possible by the generosity of benefactors.

The winner and recipient of a £500 prize was John Siblon from the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, whose research focuses on war memory and representations of black colonial servicemen in the aftermath of the First World War.

Professor Hahn’s work has examined the interlinked areas of the process of argumentation – or making an argument which will convince a rational critic – and she has developed research interests in language and language acquisition; judgement and decision making; categorization; and how we conceive of similarity between objects in the mind.