We are a multi-disciplinary team of biologists, ecologists, geographers, forensic, medical and environmental scientists. Our wide-ranging specialist interests include human evolution, biology and genetics, microbiology, sustainability, paleoecology, remote sensing, coastal and terrestrial geomorphology, the ecology of plants and animals within terrestrial, freshwater & marine environments and forensic science covering crime and disaster events.
In a biodiversity hotspot, close to iconic environments such as the New Forest National Park, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, we’re ideally situated to study and research life and environmental sciences.
On campus, our forensic science students have access to our dedicated Crime Scene Training Facility and external facilities such as Streetwise where you can participate in large-scale simulated crime scenes and disaster scenarios. Our purpose-built medical science facilities include cell culture labs and the latest industry-standard equipment.
In 2019, the department successfully applied for an Athena Swan Bronze Award, recognising achievements and commitment to improving gender equality in Higher Education, while accreditations received by our courses include the Institution of Environmental Sciences, the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.