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Life & Environmental Sciences

Department of Life & Environmental Sciences

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.

Our courses

Our accreditations

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.

Research institutes, centres and groups

Our facilities

Instruments lab

Analytical facilities

Discover what equipment we have in our instrument labs and how this can enhance your studies.



Find out about our biodome and see how you can make use of it during your course.
Genetics labs

Genetics labs

Explore our genetics labs and see what equipment we have available for you to use during your course.
Forensics laboratory

Forensics lab

Learn about the latest equipment we have in our forensics lab and find out how it can prepare you for work.
Crime scene training facility

Crime scene training facility

Find out more about our crime scene training facility, where you can gain practical experience of forensic fieldwork.

Enterprise and consultancy

Wessex Conservation

The Wessex Portal is an online community that promotes a better understanding of our region’s unique natural environment and heritage assets without compromising progress.