About the Faculty of Science

Programmes in the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science provides an outstanding intellectual environment for more than 700 postgraduate students.

We are among the top three universities in the UK in our concentration of nationally funded centres for doctoral training and doctoral training programmes in the basic sciences. These four-year PhD programmes typically feature one year of master’s-level training. Current centres include bioscience and food security, catalysis, chemical synthesis, chemical theory and modelling, condensed matter physics, diamond science and technology, environmental science, functional nanomaterials, quantum engineering and synthetic biology. Alongside these, each school in the faculty offers traditional PhD programmes across a broad range of disciplines, supervised by leading researchers.

The faculty hosts a range of taught master’s programmes, including Palaeobiology, Volcanology, Neuroscience, Climate Change Science and Policy, Mathematical Sciences and Functional Nanomaterials. In addition, each school offers a one-year MSc by Research.

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 people and facilities.

The Faculty of Science attracts outstanding PhD and MSc students from all over the world. We take great pride in our postgraduate students and the significant contribution they make to the intellectual life of the faculty. Many programmes are run in association with industrial partners, whose workforces in turn benefit from Bristol’s exceptional research and training opportunities.

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, Experimental Psychology, and Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience.

Strengths of the faculty

The latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) ranked the Faculty of Science third nationally after Cambridge and Imperial College London. This reflects an exceptional depth of talent and capacity for the development of world-leading research.

Across the sciences, research at Bristol is among the very best in the UK and has global impact. Postgraduate students are a vital part of our dynamic research community. The integration of education and research in the faculty helps to take postgraduate studies to the cutting edge of modern science.

Professor Timothy Gallagher, Dean, Faculty of Science


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

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 Science

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

Tel: +44 (0) 117 928 8126
Email: science-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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