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Welcome to the Department of Biosciences. The department delivers innovative, TEF Gold standard teaching and research in subjects including biomedical science, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology and environmental biology, with a vibrant postgraduate and PhD research community.

Our courses are research-led which mean students receive first-class teaching experiences which is complemented by high-specification facilities, and accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Royal Society of Biology and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management. Our degrees offer flexibility and placement opportunities.

In the latest REF, our research achieved world-leading status and is considered internationally leading, delivering real-world impact cases in health and technologies. To maintain our excellence in research, multi-million pound investment in staff, facilities and buildings will help the department to continue to expand its research provision for the future. Our transnational research themes are centred on: cancer biology, immunology and therapeutics; diabetes, chronic diseases and ageing; antimicrobial resistance, omics and microbiota; health of the environment; bioinformatics and biomathematics; education, enhancement and evaluation research; and practice development.

Research themes are supported by high-calibre postgraduate students, technicians, postdoctoral research fellows and independent research fellows, as well as aligned academic staff, on Clifton Campus. The Department of Biosciences provides a wealth of opportunities and support for our students at all levels: the question is, will your future start with us?

Our Subject Areas

Our Research Groups and Centres

Pathogen Research

The Pathogen Research Group is a mixture of classical bacterial genetics and pathogenesis research.

Tumour Biology and Immunology

Our group conducts fundamental and translational research into a range of cancers

Proteomics and Genomics

Our research is in analysis of proteomes and genomes to understand mechanisms of human diseases, cell biology, evolutionary processes and food authenticity

Neurobiology, Toxicology and Pharmacology

Memory formation; brain development and organisation; cellular models of toxicity, cell signalling and cardioprotection.

SS2i - Scientific Services to Industry

Scientific Services to Industry (SS2i) offers a range of analytical, experimental and technical services to Industry via access to facilities across the School of Science and Technology.

Cell Biology, Ageing and Pathology

Our research activities are key to an understanding of major diseases and their progression and ultimately may lead to new, improved therapeutic options

Centre for Health, Ageing and Understanding Disease (CHAUD)

Centre for Health, Ageing and Understanding Disease (CHAUD)

The Research Centre for Health, Ageing and Understanding Disease (CHAUD) encompasses research in Biomedical Sciences and Allied Health and aligns with the Health and Wellbeing strategic theme here at NTU. Our research is structured around four themes covering various aspects of human health and chronic diseases, including cancers which are treatable but not curable, diabetes and other inflammatory conditions.

Featured Facility

Rosalind Franklin Building

If you're studying bioscience, chemistry or forensic science here at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), get hands-on experience in some of the very best teaching and research laboratories in the UK - from your very first day.

You'll take your first exciting steps towards becoming a real scientist in this building named after the British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin.

Take a virtual tour to experience a superlab first-hand.


Fourth in the UK for Student Satisfaction in Biology - National Student Survey 2020

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