Department of Biological Sciences

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    Royal Holloway, University of London Egham Hill, Egham Surrey

    TW20 0EX

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Research and postgraduate research training

Research is organised into three main research themes:


            Biomedical Sciences (BMS)                      Plant Molecular Sciences (PMS)                 Ecology Evolution and Behaviour (EEB)

Research degrees are offered within the research groups, leading to MPhil or PhD degrees. The Department also runs MSc by Research in Biological Sciences.


Research Facilities

Our stimulating research environment has more than 30 permanent members of academic staff, 30 postdoctoral Research Fellows and Assistants and around 40 postgraduate students, all working and studying in well-equipped laboratories.

Our base is the Bourne Laboratory right at the heart of Royal Holloway’s parkland campus. Our laboratories have cutting-edge facilities and equipment for mass spectrometry and bioinformatics, and imaging facilities that include confocal laser scanning microscopes for 3D live-cell imaging. We also have marine and freshwater aquaria, glasshouses, and an electrophysiology suite.

Our research is addressing global challenges, such as the POSHBee consortium led by Professor Mark Brown, which aims to support healthy bee populations, sustainable beekeeping and pollination across Europe.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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