The School aligns core discovery science with clear routes to impact, which focus on multi and interdisciplinary research, build upon the School's strengths and respond to key challenge-led research areas of global importance.

The school of Biosciences has access to state of the art equipment and instrumentation through Enabling Technologies.

Professor Chris Bunce, Head of School "We are delighted with our performance in the REF 2014 which is due to the hard work of our brilliant staff at all levels. These results confirm our continued upward trajectory, and assert our place as one of the leading bioscience schools in the UK"

Areas of underpinning expertise:

Research in 60 seconds

Academics from the School of Biosciences take the challenge of describing their research in 60 seconds. Click an image to watch the video and read the transcript.

 Measuring environmental stress by studying animals at the molecular level
   Discovering the genetic mechanisms driving lung cancer
  Understanding and modelling how plants grow at a molecular and biophysical level
  Researching how the nervous system is formed and how it works
  Finding better vaccines in the fight against tuberculosis
  Developing drugs to prevent attachment of bacteria to body tissue
  Researching the problems of antibiotic resistant bacteria
  Creating a handheld disease detector


We are a research-rich university, ranked highly in the UK for research excellence the 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked us sixth in the Russell Group with over 90% of the school’s research research rated as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), ’.

We are proud to have five Nobel Prize winners amongst our alumni and academic staff.

Doctoral Researcher

Research in 60 seconds - video gallery
Research in 60 seconds -
biosciences video gallery

Translating research