The School of Biological Sciences is formed from the Departments of Agriculture & Forestry, Plant & Soil Science and Zoology, each of which delivers a range of discipline-based degree programmes, in addition to interdisciplinary Biology courses. A wide range of MSc/MRes taught courses are also available, that take advantage of the biological expertise available in the many local research institutes, as well as in the University.
Research excellence is a given, with two RAE grade 5 Departments in the School (Plant & Soil Science, Zoology). Our research activities are focussed on five research themes, which reflect the key strengths within the School. Each theme contains staff who are members of Research Council Peer Review Committees, reflecting the national standing of our groups. Indeed, many of our staff have a strong international reputation and regularly publish in the highest impact journals such as Nature and Science. We have a large postgraduate research school, where training and career development go hand in hand with laboratory and field work.
Research within the school is facilitated by a number of major resources, such as our sea and freshwater aquarium, analytical and molecular genetics laboratories, and excellent field stations. Two of these, Oceanlab and Cromarty field station, are involved primarily with Marine Biology research, whilst our Tillycorthie and Bettyhill sites provide facilities for agricultural and terrestrial ecology work. Thus it is no surprise that our research topics are truly global; from the depths of the Oceans to the tropics and poles.