Some of the most significant discoveries of both this and the last century are associated with research carried out in Bristol, reflecting the faculty’s strong international profile and our outstanding portfolio of people and facilities.
Recent evidence for this is the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 outcome, which ranks the Faculty of Science third nationally after Cambridge and Imperial College, and internationally, THES 2014/15 places Bristol’s Physical Sciences 43rd worldwide.
Within the faculty, the strength (i.e. national rankings) of individual schools is reflected by outstanding REF 2014 results: Geography (1st), Earth Sciences (2nd), Mathematics (4th), Physics (4th), Chemistry (5th), Biological Sciences (6th) and Experimental Psychology (13th).
- Biological Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Experimental Psychology
- Geographical Sciences
Doctoral Training Centres
Bristol University, and the Science Faculty especially, has proven highly successful in winning competitive funding from EPSRC and other agencies to develop Centres for Doctoral Training CDT, focused on areas of national need and emerging and interdisciplinary research themes.
These include the Bristol Centre for Complesxity Sciences, Functional Nanomaterials, Chemical Synthesis, and the Southwest Doctoral Training Partnership.
Newly funded groups include CDTs in Quantum Engineering and also in Condensed Matter, and the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership.
Schools within Science are also involved in CDTs hosted elsewhere, including the CDT in Synthetic Biology hosted by the University of Oxford, the CDT in Catalysis, hosted by Cardiff University, and the CDT in Theory and MOdelling in Chemical Sciences, hosted across Oxford, Bristol and Southampton.
Courses are run in association with with major industry partners whose workforce in turn benefit from Bristol's exceptional research and training opportunities.
Did you know?
- Making 'snow' greener 26 August 2016
- Improving water quality and ecosystem infrastructure 6 November 2015
- Harnessing fungi's medicinal and agricultural potential 21 October 2015
Looking to join us?
Our postgraduate students work alongside world-leading experts on a number of taught and research programmes.