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School of Biological Sciences

Explore the teaching and research activities taking place with our School of Biological Sciences

In the School of Biological Sciences, we're addressing the most pressing issues impacting people's quality of life around the world. From finding new ways to combat climate change to our pioneering research into plastic-eating enzymes, we're turning our expertise into action.

We cover all aspects of biological science – from developmental biology and epigenetics, to molecular biophysics, marine biology and applied environmental research – and our academics, lecturers and researchers are experts within their fields.

The School holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, in recognition of the work we're doing to advance the careers of women in science.


We emphasise personalised study and high levels of interaction and collaboration between lecturers and students. Our research activities frequently inform our teaching, and our graduates develop the ability to apply the skills they learn during their study.

96% of our graduates find employment within 15 months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019).

We provide high levels of student support and guidance in a nurturing environment. Our researchers and teaching staff share their passion and excitement for research to inspire the scientists of the future.

Our teaching areas

Visit our Biological Sciences subject area page to find out more about the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer.


We conduct cross-disciplinary research across the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences. The positive outcomes of this research can be seen in our Research Excellence Framework 2021 results for Unit of Assessment (UoA) 3 and UoA7. Both of these UoAs had more than 80% of their research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour and 100% of their Impact Case Studies rated as outstanding or very considerable in terms of their reach and significance.

Working with researchers across the globe we have developed techniques that can address the growing issue of plastics and how to deal with their negative impact on the environment. This research lead to our Centre for Enzyme Innovation being awarded £5.8 million for its research into plastic eating enzymes.

Research groups

Explore the work we're doing across our 3 research groups.

Biophysics and molecular genetics research group

The University of Portsmouth is studying biomolecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins to allow us to tackle issues such as disease, pollution and energy.

Enzyme structure, courtesy of Centre for Enzyme Innovation, Portsmouth
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Ecology and evolution research group

The University of Portsmouth is expanding knowledge of the diversity of the living world, from molecules to ecosystems, and creating a basis for assessing and reversing the extinction of species.

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Marine biology research group

The University of Portsmouth is researching key environmental issues in marine science such as climate change, biodiversity loss, habitat degradation and ocean acidification.

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Our research centres

Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.

Centre for Enzyme Innovation

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Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences

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Centre for Blue Governance

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European Xenopus Resource Centre

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Our staff

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Dr Garry Scarlett

Associate Head (Academic)

Interim Head of School

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Fiona Myers

Associate Head (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships)

Interim Head of School

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Frank Schubert

Associate Head (Research and Innovation)

Interim Head of School

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Alessandro Siani

Associate Head (Students)

PhD Supervisor

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Explore our faculty

Explore the other Schools and Departments that make up our Faculty of Science and Health.

Faculty of Science and Health

Explore the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Portsmouth, and learn more about the teaching and research activities that take place within the Faculty's different departments and schools.

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School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences

We're studying how our planet works, how it's changing and what we can do about it, with academic expertise in palaeontology, geology, geotechnical engineering, geography and environmental science.

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School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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Department of Psychology

Explore the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, and learn more about the teaching and research activities happening within the department.

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School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

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School of Health and Care Professions

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Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

+44 (0)23 9284 2994