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Tackling the Global Food Crisis


The School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s offers a diverse range of education and research opportunities. Our graduates go on to work with diverse organisations both nationally and internationally, tackling some of most fundamental, global challenges facing humankind! 

Our School is concerned with human, animal, plant and environmental health, sustainable exploitation of living resources, food security and rural development.  Our degree disciplines encompass Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Food Quality, Safety & Nutrition, Land Use & Environmental Management, Microbiology, Marine Biology and Zoology and all have direct relevance to meeting the current and future needs of society, locally and globally.

As a student at Queen’s you will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and first-class teaching.  We have specialist equipment ranging from mass spectrometers and DNA sequencers to seagoing research vessels, and have modern laboratories on site and at our marine laboratory.  

Our teaching is research-led and delivered by international experts in a wide range of disciplines including agriculture/food science, animal behaviour, biochemistry, ecology, environmental economics, evolution, food safety, diagnostics, marine biology, microbiology, parasitology/infection biology, plant science, waste management, and services provided by ecosystems and the environment.  Indeed, our life sciences research is leading the field in diverse areas such that the recent Research Excellence Framework evaluation of our research in Agriculture, Veterinary & Food Science, most of which is based within the Institute for Global Food Security, was ranked first in the UK for Research Intensity; our Environmental Studies research was ranked 8th in the UK. 

The School offers a peer mentoring scheme for our BSc students, which sees specially trained second and third year students, under the guidance of staff and the Centre for Educational Development, help first year students settle into life at Queen’s through social events, small group or one-to-one informal support and learning skills workshops.

The School offers students a Work Placement module or a Professional Studies year, designed to help students develop important employability skills required for the graduate employment market and meet identified needs from a host of employers across a range of sectors.  We have employed a dedicated Work Placement and Careers Adviser, who helps students find suitable placements and provides information and guidance for their important career decisions, throughout their degree programme from first year to final year.

Graduates from the School of Biological Sciences are employed in academic research, the agri-food industries, animal health and welfare, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, teaching and education, science communication organisations, environmental monitoring and management and water quality management.  Further, many of our graduates become teachers and are represented right across the education sector in NI where they deliver education in STEM subjects.  The research and teaching expertise provided by our staff gives students wide-ranging opportunities to choose the career path that most suits their interests. 

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我们的学位包括生物科学, 生化学,食品质量安全和营养,土地利用和环境治理,微生物学,海洋生物和动物学。所有这些都与人类社会的需求-从局部到全球,从现在到未来-密切相关。


我们的教学以优秀的科研为依托,由国际水准的研究人员任教,学科内容涵盖农业和食品科学,动物行为学,生化学,生态学,环境经济学,进化学,食品安全,海洋生物学,微生物(诊断)学,寄生虫和传染病生物学,植物科学,废物利用,及生态体系和环境。 我们的生命科学研究中很多领域的确在国内外名列前茅,比如在2015年国家科研水平评估中,我们的全球食品安全保障研究所(Institute for Global Food Security, IGFS)在农业兽医和食品科学类名列全英科研力度第一,环境科学研究名列前八位。