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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

About us

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

At the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences, innovation across different disciplines has always helped foster academic excellence, leading to world-changing discoveries. This pioneering spirit thrives today with discoveries at the interfaces between biology and psychology, biochemistry and healthy-ageing, and organismal biology and biochemistry. The impact of this research has included understanding the genetic basis of addiction and achieving changes in policy to protect ecosystems and the environment.

By bringing disciplines together and combining theory and experiment, the School of Biological and Behavioural Science has become a leading institution in the biological and psychological sciences.


Our students experience inspirational teaching from high calibre staff who are leaders in their field. Many of our courses are accredited, further boosting our students’ employability. We are also an international school and operate a course with Nanchang University in China.


As you’d expect from a Russell Group university, Queen Mary has a thriving academic community, and is ranked 13th in the UK for research impact among multi-faculty institutions. According to the REF 2021, the official UK-wide assessment of university research, 92% of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent.


We have well-established research and teaching links with institutions such as the Natural History Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, as well as close links to industry partners such as Cefas and the Environment Agency.  


Our school recently benefited from a £4.5m refurbishment to build brand new laboratories, as well as investing over £1m in state-of-the-art equipment. Our students enjoy living on central London’s only campus university.

Our Interim Head of School is Professor Caroline Brennan, Professor of Molecular Genetics.

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