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Our vibrant community of staff and students are continuing a 400-year history of scientific exploration with innovative work that seeks to shape tomorrow’s world.
We are constantly seeking to shed light on the secrets of life through our wide-ranging research – more than half of which was assessed as world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. This places us in the UK’s top three for overall research quality and confirms our position as one of the world’s leading biological science departments.
Through our membership of Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance, we work with colleagues in other institutions to maintain the country’s world-class research base. Our commitment to pioneering science, supported by a healthy flow of grant funding, helps create an environment where world firsts are possible. For example, the first genetically engineered vaccine against hepatitis B was developed here at the School of Biological Sciences. By joining us you will experience a unique opportunity to examine life processes at the very highest level.
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The understanding of plant diversity and resources has never been more important. As we face the unprecedented challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, effective environmental surveillance and conservation depend upon detailed knowledge of plants and their habitats. Read more
Bioinformatics is about the application of computer-based approaches to understanding biological processes. Our programme will introduce you to the current methods used to interpret the vast amounts of data generated by modern high-throughput technologies. Read more
The rapid transformation in the nature of drug discovery means that knowledge of related disciplines, and the technologies used, is essential for those considering a career in commercial or academic research. Read more
The revolution in genetic mapping technology and the advent of whole genome sequences has turned quantitative genetics into one of the fastest growing areas of biology. Read more
This academically challenging and career-developing programme focuses on research and development using biological and chemical principles and systems to create new products, services and industries. Read more
We offer an opportunity to train in one of the newest areas of biology. the application of engineering principles to the understanding and design of biological networks. Read more