About the school
The Life Sciences building is designed to enhance communication between students and researchers from a range of disciplines across the Life Sciences through the provision of break-out spaces, seminar rooms and social spaces that will enable dialogue and idea sharing.
The Building is open 7 am - 7 pm Monday to Friday to staff, students and the public.
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In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 95% of the School's research was recognised as having international impact. Of this 50% was rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent. Behaviour, Sensory & Neurobiology research was highlighted as having world-leading strength in depth.
Our teaching has been rated as excellent by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The combination of excellence in research and teaching places us in the top rank of UK biology departments.
If you are thinking about studying here then please have a look at our online undergraduate, MSc and PhD courses and programmes. This will give you more information about studying and living in Bristol, as well as giving you an idea of how we can benefit your future.
History of the School
The current School of Biological Sciences was founded in 1990 from the fusion of the Departments of Zoology - with its particular strengths in animal physiology - and Botany, where both plant taxonomy and agricultural research had long been at the forefront. You can read the full History of the School here: History of the School (PDF, 110kB)
Links to other institutions
- Earth Sciences
- Pathology and Microbiology
- Pharmacology and Physiology
- Veterinary School, Langford
- Wildfowl & Wetland Trust
- Avon Wildlife Trust
- The Environment Agency
- Plymouth Marine Laboratory
- Horticultural Research International
- Scientific journals
- BBC Natural History Unit