About the Faculty of Life Sciences

Programmes in the Faculty of Life Sciences

The Faculty of Life Sciences embraces cross-cutting themes in the modern life sciences, ranging from ecology and human behaviour to biomedical mechanisms and applications. We have a long-standing tradition of excellence in research and teaching and are proud to be considered among the best at what we do.

Our taught postgraduate programmes, which include collaborations with North Bristol NHS Trust (MSc Applied Neuropsychology) and NHS Blood and Transplant (MSc Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences), provide bespoke training at the highest level and are delivered by experts in their fields from across the faculty. Our graduates typically go on to pursue clinical training, PhD study or other careers in the life sciences and beyond.

Postgraduate research students receive excellent supervision, training, guidance and mentoring, and make significant contributions to the research activities across the faculty. Most postgraduate students are based in laboratories in the Clifton campus, including the £56 million Life Sciences Building. Some postgraduate students may spend time in the laboratories of their institutional 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, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, 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 providing support and expertise in imaging, which allows us to visualise single molecules in isolation or in living cells and tissues; the -omics, which help to generate an integrated understanding of cell physiology in health and disease; molecular and cell biology; animal sensory systems; agriculture and crop science; molecular ecology and evolution; flow cytometry; and eye tracking and motion-capture laboratories, sound-attenuated space for speech recording, biological psychology laboratories and brain imaging (EEG, MRI and fMRI).

Our commitment to translating the faculty’s expertise in fundamental biomedical research from bench to bedside and beyond is predicated, in part, on our involvement in multidisciplinary collaborations. Our researchers are centrally involved in Bristol Neuroscience, and the Bristol Cardiovascular, Bristol BioDesign and Bristol Vision Institutes, and form an integral part of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, Cabot Institute and Jean Golding Institute.

Strengths of the faculty

As a postgraduate member of the Faculty of Life Sciences, you can expect to be fully supported by the faculty and benefit from the exceptional research and teaching resources that are unique to each academic school, discipline and doctoral training programme. The faculty and its schools are responsive to the training needs of their students and we offer bespoke workshops to enhance your effectiveness as a researcher.


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 1535
Email: fls-pgenquiries@bristol.ac.uk

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