BMS Research

  • The Department of Biological and Medical Sciences is home to over 30 research groups studying three broad areas of biology: Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, Biomedical Science, and Evolution, Ecology, Environment and Conservation. Our research is funded by a range of sources including BBSRC, NERC, MRC, Wellcome, and the Leverhulme Trust.

    The quality and impact of our research has been reflected in the UK government’s latest Research Excellence Framework, where the majority of our assessed research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. We are now building on this success and looking to the future through our recent investment of £8.5M in new laboratories and a bioimaging unit to ensure our research groups are hosted in modern facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. We are also committed to provide a research environment and mentorship that allows early career researchers with the opportunity to build their independent researchers in our department including through our newly established David Fell Research Fellowship programme.

    Our long-standing reputation for research excellence is underpinned by expert supervision from internationally-recognised staff and comprehensive research skills training. We offer a number of flexible research degree opportunities including MSc by research, MPhil, PhD and PhD by published work. As well as part-time and full-time study options, we advertise a number of studentships each year through our Nigel Groome and BBSRC funded programmes.

  • REF 2014

    • Top post '92 University Biological Sciences submission
    • 95% of research internationally recognised
    • Double the percentage 4* and treble the percentage 3* research compared to 2008, with 58% of research being world leading or internationally excellent
    • 80% of impact rated 3* or 4*