About the Faculty of Life Sciences

Programmes in the Faculty of Life Sciences

Our work addresses all the major grand challenges facing society: from the impact of human activity on our oceans; to developing methods for sustainable food production; from chronic illnesses such as mental health and dementia to life-threatening diseases including cancer and infections and from the threats of antimicrobial resistance to drug and alcohol addiction.

Our faculty is home to dedicated academic staff who deliver inspirational learning and support across a wide range of subjects. Among us are five Fellows of the Royal Society and several Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, who are recognised for their outstanding teaching skills and experience. Staff expertise opens up a wealth of opportunities for our students, enabling you to focus on your area of interest while gaining access to a wider background of scientific knowledge and cuttingedge fundamental and translational research.

Our taught postgraduate programmes provide bespoke training at the highest level. Graduates often go on to pursue clinical training or PhD study, but will develop transferable skills suited to a range of careers in the life sciences and beyond. Postgraduate research students receive excellent supervision, training, guidance and mentoring, and make significant contributions to our ground-breaking research activities.

All students benefit from our state-of-the art laboratories and excellent learning and library facilities, including our £56 million Life Sciences building. Our students often spend time in the laboratories of collaborators, which can be academic, industry or clinic-based. Our research is well supported by major grants and doctoral training programmes from funding bodies such as the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, as well as from industry and the European Union.

Research in the faculty is wide ranging. Researchers work in the laboratory and in nature, and study single molecules, individual cells, whole organisms, populations and communities. Our biomedical research focuses 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.

Research themes encompass cancer biology, cardiovascular science, dynamic cell biology, infection and immunity, molecular biosciences, neuroscience, regenerative medicine and synthetic biology. In the School of Biological Sciences, research focuses on evolutionary biology, animal behaviour and sensory biology, plant and agricultural sciences, and ecology and global change.

Psychological research in the faculty encompasses three broad themes: cognitive processes, brain, behaviour and health (including nutrition and addiction) and decision-making and rationality.

Strengths of the faculty

We are a new faculty, bringing together five schools with a long-standing tradition of excellence. Our unique combination of teaching and research activity embraces cross-cutting themes from ecology and human behaviour to biomedical mechanisms and applications.


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

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

Tel: +44 (0) 117 331 1534
Email: fls-pgenquiries@bristol.ac.uk

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