Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

About the Department

The Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, offers a research-led, dynamic and supportive environment in which to study, along with the unique benefits of being situated in Oxford, a centre for scientific research and learning.

Student looking into a microscope


A researcher in a lab

The Department of Biological and Medical Sciences is home to over 30 research groups and is organised into 4 overlapping themes underpinned by our 2 research centres. 

Our research is funded by a range of sources including BBSRC, NERC, MRC, Wellcome, and the Leverhulme Trust.

Our courses

We offer a range of flexible undergraduate and postgraduate courses alongside a growing number of research opportunities across a wide range of areas including: 

  • plant and animal biology,
  • biomedical science,
  • cell and molecular biology,
  • conservation and the environment.

Our courses are practically focused and designed to equip you with the necessary scientific and transferable skills required to work in today’s knowledge-driven global economy.