School of Life Sciences

Evolution, behaviour and environment

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Welcome to Evolution, behaviour and environment

Home to the BSc/MSci Biology, Zoology, and Ecology, Conservation & Environment degrees, MSc Global Biodiversity Conservation, and the MRes Animal Behaviour, Conservation Biology and Evolutionary Biology degrees

We are an enthusiastic and dynamic group of researchers, working at the cutting edge of issues of fundamental importance to life on earth. Our students benefit from the knowledge and research expertise of the group, the friendliness and approachability of our academics and the worldwide reputation of the department.  We are situated in the Brighton and Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, next to the South Downs National Park, and close to Brighton and the coast, which provides the perfect location to study degrees in Biology, Zoloogy and Ecology, Conservation and Environment.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 87% our research in biological sciences was rated as internationally excellent or higher, with 48% of it being rated as world-leading (4*; the top rating possible). This ranked us 10th in the UK for research excellence!

In addition, in the 2016 National Student Survey, 100% of our final-year students said they were satisfied overall with their course, making us the top institution in the country for biology!

For more information about our undergraduate degree courses, please refer to Undergraduate study.

For more information about our postgraduate research degrees, please refer to Postgraduate study.

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Evolution, Behaviour and Environment Group - University of Sussex Home to BSc Biology, BSc Ecology and Environment, and a range of research labs

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