The School of Biology was established in 2006, after several reorganisations, but the history goes back much further, albeit in different forms and with different names. Biology is a very important science in the 21st century.
Our Undergraduate teaching covers the broad range from whole organism biology to biotechnology with degrees in Biology (general, Ecology & Environment and Cellular & Molecular) and in Zoology. We are well placed for classroom, laboratory and field teaching, with fantastic countryside at the doorstep and facilities such as Moorbank Garden and Close House outstations.
Our Masters degrees are in Ecological Consultancy and Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology. Our teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is strongly research led.
First-class academic facilities and resources are available to all our students. The School is largely housed in Ridley Building 2. The teaching labs and offices have recently been refurbished to high standards. Our molecular research laboratories are in the Devonshire Building. We also have access to a field station, botanical gardens, two farms and a food laboratory.
In biology we carry out a broad range of research, from ecological and evolutionary to molecularly oriented, encompassing plants, animals and microbes. This research has a high international reputation, achieving a rating of 4 in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
Research grants have been awarded form a diversity of grant giving bodies, such as BBSR, NERC, the Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust and the EU. We work closely together with the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability as well as the Institute of Neuroscience. Our research has also resulted in a wide range of consultancy services and business products.