About the Faculty of Science

Programmes in the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science provides an outstanding intellectual environment for more than 600 postgraduate students.

We are have a large concentration of nationally funded Centres for Doctoral Training and Doctoral Training Programmes in the basic sciences, where students undertake a four-year PhD programme which typically includes one year of master’s-level training. Current centres include Condensed Matter Physics, Diamond Science and Technology, Functional Nanomaterials, Quantum Engineering, Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences, Chemical Synthesis, Catalysis, Environmental Science, Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability, and Data Intensive Science.

2019-20 marks the start of a new round of Centres for Doctoral Training, so there may be some additions and deletions from this list, to be confirmed in December 2018. Please check back for the most up-to-date information on doctoral research and training opportunities. Alongside these, each school in the faculty offers PhD programmes across a broad range of disciplines, supervised by internationally leading researchers.

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

Research facilities include the state-of-the-art Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information, home to some of the quietest labs in the world with vibration levels lower than the lowest recognised criteria. The nuclear magnetic resonance facilities in the School of Chemistry include 12 solution-state NMR spectrometers, while the School of Mathematics will soon move to a newly refurbished building, which will provide an excellent environment for future researchers and students.

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.

Strengths of the faculty

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. This reflects an exceptional depth of talent and capacity for the development of world-leading research.


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) 117 394 1263
Email: science-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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