About the Faculty of Science

Programmes in the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science consists of five schools whose teaching and research span the mathematical, physical, and environmental sciences. We take great pride in the quality of our intellectual environment, which attracts postgraduate students from all over the world.

We are proud to host a wide range of nationally funded Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) with most of the major UK Research Councils.  DTP funding covers broad subject areas. Our current CDTs include: Aerosol Science; Catalysis; Chemical Synthesis; Computational Statistics and Data Science; Data Intensive Science; Diamond Science and Technology; Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability; Quantum Engineering; and Nuclear Energy Futures.

Our taught (MSc) programmes typically combine taught courses with an advanced research project supervised by world-leading experts. They comprise a mix of theory, computation, experiments and field trips, depending on the subject. Most programmes are interdisciplinary, having direct interactions with the faculties of Engineering, Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Law and/or industry and enabling the majority of our graduates to build their careers in either research or relevant employment.

The exceptional quality and diversity of our academic talent at all levels provides the foundation for truly world-leading research. Our staff includes 18 Fellows of the Royal Society, who are recognised for their substantial contributions to the advance of scientific knowledge. Our diverse research groups cover the past, present and future from the nanoscale to the global scale. For example, recent studies in our Schools of Earth Sciences and Geographical Sciences have covered the evolution of cyanobacteria; the environmental impact of flooding; the formation and differentiation of planets and the study of future climate change.

Many of our programmes are run in association with industrial partners, whose workforces benefit from Bristol’s exceptional research and training opportunities. Members of the faculty interact with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines, from social sciences to medicine. They also collaborate with leading UK research institutes, government agencies and regional and international partners, such as The Met Office, Cisco, GCHQ, Google, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, QinetiQ, Unilever, Barclays Bank, Rolls Royce, HP Billiton and National Air Traffic Services.

A wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities can be found throughout the Faculty. These include our Earth Science Collection (with over 100,000 samples of scientific and historical importance), world-class biogeochemistry facilities in our Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information, home to some of the quietest labs in the world.

Strengths of the faculty

Some of the most significant discoveries of this and the last century are linked to research carried out in Bristol, reflecting our faculty’s strong international profile and its outstanding people and facilities. The most recent Research Excellence Framework ranked the University of Bristol among the top five UK institutions for research intensity, while the Faculty of Science ranked in the top three.


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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