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The world faces unprecedented challenges to sustain ecosystems and keep its growing population healthy. Bioscience has a crucial role to play in understanding the underlying mechanisms and researching solutions.

Researcher in the lab

Our research ranges across the biological and biomedical sciences and is led by internationally renowned researchers running dynamic research programmes with access to state-of-the-art technology facilities.

Our key areas of focus include:

  • global change and its impacts
  • molecular mechanisms of life and disease
  • modelling and engineering living systems.

Research divisions

Our research is organised into four divisions:

Microscopy image for Pathophysiology and Repair Division


The Biomedicine division focuses on the molecular mechanisms of normal and disease systems and the processes that drive repair and regeneration.

A closeup of some molecular structures.

Molecular biosciences

This innovative division focuses on the molecular mechanisms underpinning biological function.

Sky through the trees

Organisms and environment

This division focuses on the biology of whole organisms and their roles and interactions in changing ecosystems, in infection and health, and at the population genetic level.



The Neuroscience Division pursues a broad range of neurobiological research, aimed at finding out how the brain works.

In addition to the above, we also have an active Education and Scholarship division.

International reputation

We are ranked 13th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with 60% of our research deemed 'outstanding' for its impact in terms of its reach and significance.

In the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities (based on research strength and performance), Biological Sciences at Cardiff University was ranked in the top 25 worldwide and the top 5 in the UK.