About the faculty

The Faculty of Science comprises five schools whose teaching and research activities span mathematical, physical, and environmental sciences. Our ethos is shaped by our ambition for academic activity.

Welcome to the Faculty of Science

"As Dean I am immensely proud of our highly international community of scholars and students, who have created such a stimulating environment for inclusive science education and world-leading research. Our scientists tackle the most pressing challenges of our time, including climate change and its consequences, synthetic design of molecules and cells to combat life-threatening diseases, digital innovation through AI and machine learning, as well as pioneering quantum computation. 

Whether you are a prospective student, interested in joining one of our research teams, or would like to explore a collaboration with our top scientists, I hope these pages will provide you with the information you need to get involved. If you have questions or queries, do get in touch." 

 Professor Jens Marklof

Professor Jens Marklof FRS

Dean of Science 


The Faculty of Science 

The Faculty of Science consists of five schools whose teaching and research span the mathematical, physical, and environmental sciences. Our interdisciplinary community includes almost 700 teaching and research staff, more than 200 support staff, and over 3,000 students across all levels of study. We welcome collaborations with industrial partners and engage with a global community of local, national and international organisations as we work to explore fundamentally vital questions of scientific understanding. 

We are a global leader for research and provide expertise to guide policy, contribute to our community, and nurture the next generation of innovative and creative scholars. Our students learn with experts at the forefront of their disciplines and are supported to fulfil their personal and academic potential throughout their experience at Bristol.  

Our diverse research interests span the past, present and future from the nanoscale to the global scale. We are building on our strong tradition of excellence to continue pushing scientific frontiers and address questions of critical importance.  


Our research 

The most recent Research Excellence Framework ranked the University of Bristol among the top five UK institutions for research intensity, while the Faculty of Science ranked in the top three. 

The exceptional quality and diversity of our academic talent at all levels provides the foundation for truly world-leading research. Our staff includes 32 current and Emeritus Fellows of the Royal Society, who are recognised for their substantial contributions to the advance of scientific knowledge. 

A wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities can be found throughout the Faculty. These include our Earth Science Collection (with over 100,000 samples of scientific and historical importance), world-class biogeochemistry facilities in our Schools of Geographical Sciences and Chemistry and our Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information, home to some of the quietest labs in the world. 


Our teaching 

Our Faculty is home to state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated academic staff whose interdisciplinary expertise creates an inspirational learning environment with a wealth of opportunities for our students.  

Innovation and creativity lie at the core of science, and we encourage our students to appreciate the integrated nature of their disciplines and how we as scientists can and must contribute to society. We ensure our students are supported to enter the workplace equipped with the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world 


Our community 

Applying the breadth of our expertise to tackle the challenges of the modern world and further our scientific understanding requires open engagement with a truly global community.  

We collaborate on local, national and global scales to build community ties, work with industry and co-create knowledge. We work in an international context, both with regards to the research students and scholars we attract and the partnerships we support. 

Many of our courses are run in association with industrial partners, whose workforces benefit from Bristol’s exceptional research and training opportunities. Members of our faculty collaborate on research projects or provide expert advice to leading UK research institutes, government agencies and regional and international partners, such as The Met Office, Cisco, GCHQ, Google, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, QinetiQ, Unilever, Barclays Bank and National Air Traffic Services.  

In all of this, across our research and teaching activity, we strive to cultivate an open, interactive and friendly working environment. Our Schools have been recognised with Athena SWAN awards for their commitment to proactive gender-neutral employment practice, and we ensure we have strong support for those with disabilities and flexible working arrangements throughout the Faculty. 


REF 2014 results

Within the faculty, the strength of individual schools is reflected by outstanding REF 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.

Courses and programmes

In 2017/18 the faculty had over 3,700 students studying a broad range of undergraduate courses and postgraduate programmes.

Why choose Bristol

87% of students in employment or further study within six months of leaving

Faculty of Life Sciences

The new Faculty of Life Sciences was launched in August 2018. It comprises the Schools of:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • Psychological Science

As a result, from August 2018, the Faculty of Science comprises the Schools of:

  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geographical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
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