About the Department

A diverse range of careers awaits you under the umbrella of 'Life Sciences'. We are a large, dynamic Department, offering a range of courses in the following areas:
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Our Department has offered degrees since 1957, building an excellent reputation and providing continuing innovation in our degree provision. In recent years we have introduced new degrees in Equine Studies, Animal Behaviour and Welfare, and Crime and Investigative Studies.

All of our courses are located in Cambridge, which is a student-friendly and vibrant city. The Cambridge campus has recently benefited from over £10m in investment. If you would like to look around the campus we welcome you to join us at our next Open Day.

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Outstanding study facilities

We have invested heavily in state-of-the art industry-standard equipment for teaching, casework and research purposes and are recognised as having some the best laboratory facilities in the UK, including:
  • A range of high quality, well-equipped laboratories.
  • A wide range of gas and liquid chromatographic systems.
  • A full suite of microscope facilities.
  • Facilities for document examination and glass, hair and fibre analysis.
  • Unique state-of-the-art facilities for drugs analysis, toxicology, fire investigation and DNA analysis.
  • Human energetic and performance laboratories

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Flexible, professional courses

We operate a flexible, modular system that allows you to tailor your course to match your career ambitions, and many of our degrees can be studied part-time. Some of our courses offer professional accreditation and students will have the opportunity to apply for membership with institutions such as The Health Professions Council, The Royal Society of Chemistry, The Forensic Science Society and The Institute of Biology.


First-class, research-active staff

You will be taught by a group of highly qualified and enthusiastic staff who have a strong commitment to student development. Our staff are engaged in a wide range of research activities and have links with many external organisations. Our research includes DNA profiling of bird populations, behavioural studies on baboons in Tanzania, studies of bone disease, and physiological and pathological responses to extreme endurance exercise.


Students watching deer, Kilmory Beach

Opportunities to study abroad

If you choose to study one of our degrees you may have the opportunity to study abroad, as we have partnerships with Marshall University in West Virginia, the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton and the United States Olympic Training Centre, Colorado Springs.

Fieldwork sits at the heart of our Animal and Environmental Biology courses, where students take part in a number of field trips across the UK and around the world.
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