About the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

Programmes in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

We have a long tradition of excellence in research and teaching and are proud to be considered among the best at what we do.

Our taught programmes are designed to provide bespoke training at the highest level and are delivered by experts in their field from across the faculty. Our graduates typically go on to pursue medical training, PhD study, or other biomedical science careers.

Postgraduate research students receive excellent training, supervision, guidance and mentoring, and make significant contributions to the research activities across the faculty. The majority of postgraduate students are based in laboratories in the Biomedical Sciences Building in central Bristol, but some may spend time in the labs of their institutional collaborators, which can be academic, industry or clinic-based.

Our research is well supported by major grants from funding bodies, such as the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation, Arthritis UK, Cancer Research UK and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, as well as from industry and the European Union.

Our research is underpinned by world-class core facilities in: imaging, which allows us to visualise single molecules in isolation or in living cells and tissues; the -omics, which allow us to gain an integrated understanding of cell physiology in health and disease; and flow cytometry.

The faculty’s commitment to translating its expertise in fundamental biomedical research from bench to bedside is predicated in part on our involvement in multidisciplinary collaborations. Our researchers are centrally involved in the Bristol Neuroscience and BristolCardiovascular research groupings, and form an integral part of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research.

As a postgraduate member of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, you can expect to be fully supported by the faculty graduate school, while benefiting from the exceptional research and teaching resources that are unique to each academic school, discipline and doctoral training programme. The graduate school is responsive to the training needs of its students and offers bespoke workshops to enhance your effectiveness as a researcher.

Faculty of Life Sciences

The new Faculty of Life Sciences will be launched in August 2018. It will comprise the Schools of Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, and Psychological Science.

Strengths of the faculty

Research in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences is focused on advancing our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human health and disease, and finding ways to translate this information from bench to clinic. Our research themes encompass cancer biology, cardiovascular science, dynamic cell biology, infection and immunity, molecular biosciences, neuroscience, regenerative medicine and synthetic biology.

We aim to attract the very best students and to provide an environment that will enable you to succeed at the highest level. If you have the potential to contribute to our outstanding research-led community, we want to share with you the rewards of studying here.

Professor George Banting, Dean, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences


Find out about funding opportunities for programmes in the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.

Visits and open days

Find about out the Postgraduate Open Day, visits to schools and departments or meet our staff at events around the world.

More about the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences

Visit the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences website for more information or contact postgraduate admissions:

Tel: +44 (0) 117 331 1535
Email: fbs-pgenquiries@bristol.ac.uk

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