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    From laboratories to woodlands to lakes, we have ample places to study biological sciences

A beautiful and diverse environment for learning and research

The School of Biological Sciences at Reading is an excellent place for students and researchers, supplemented by a range of facilities.

Health and Life Sciences buildingHealth and life

A four storey building purpose-built for teaching and research, our new Health and Life Sciences building, which opened in autumn 2020, enhances our already impressive biological sciences lab facilities.

The Centre for Cardiovascular Imaging


An invaluable resource for biomedical students and researchers, the Centre for Cardiovascular Imaging exists to support our research. The Centre incorporates a human imaging facilities and advanced microscopic suites purpose-built for biomedical research.


Elephant in the Cole MuseumThe Cole Museum of Zoology

Home to 3,500 specimens and research facilities, the Cole Museum of Zoology is resource for biological researchers, a destination for the public and host to outreach programmes with local schools.


Harris Gardens ViewThe Harris Garden

A beautiful botanic garden containing water features, wildlife, various landscapes and innumerable species of plant life, the Harris Garden is a wonderful place for both study and relaxation.

The HerbariumBilly in the herbarium

One of the largest and most diverse collections in the country, the Herbarium at Reading is visited by plant scientists from around the world and students from the School of Biological Sciences.  


The School of Biological Sciences has recently completed a new set of laboratories, purpose-built for teaching and research. There are facilities here ideal for every different discipline within the biological sciences.

cowsUniversity farms

The University maintains commercial farms in Sonning, Arborfield and Shinfield. These farms allow us to conduct biological and agricultural research in the field, and give students excellent experience of the industry.

campus trees

Whiteknights Campus

The School of Biological Sciences is located on the beautiful Whiteknights Campus, a nine-time winner of the Green Flag Award. Over 300 acres of woodlands, lakes, gardens and meadows provide an inspiring and useful environment for biological scientists.


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