Exploring the science of life

Women in science

Athena SWAN bronze award logo

We are proud to have achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze Departmental Award in November 2014, recognising our commitment to promoting a positive and inclusive environment for our community of students and staff.

There has never been a more exciting time to study the science of biology, whether your interest is in human, animal or plant life. As one of the University’s largest departments, we’re renowned for our high levels of student satisfaction on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Like our students, our staff are passionate about science and have travelled from all over the world to be at Essex. Our founding principle of research-led teaching is central to our ethos, giving you the opportunity to develop an enquiring research mindset while you gain practical laboratory skills and field techniques in our first class facilities.

Our curriculum is constantly evolving, so you have the freedom to explore what interests you most from our diverse selection of modules. Whatever you choose, we equip you with everything you need to build a successful and satisfying career.

Our strengths

  • Tailor your course to your interests
  • Opportunity to study abroad for a year
  • Range of placement options
  • Internationally-recognised research
  • State-of-the-art laboratories

Undergraduate study


Undergraduate study with us gives you the opportunity to learn from leading academics in the biological sciences. You can expect a supportive atmosphere and flexible course structure across a diverse range of BSc courses.

Postgraduate study


Postgraduate study with us gives you the chance to contribute to the research we are renowned for. You can expect specialist training in a research-intensive and supportive environment from top academics using state-of-the-art facilities.

Our facilities


Recent major investment has meant we can offer state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. Whatever level of study you choose with us, you will gain experience in your chosen field using cutting-edge and industry-standard equipment.