About the Faculty of Life Sciences

Our unique combination of teaching and research embraces interdisciplinarity. We address all the major global challenges facing society, including the impact of human activity on our oceans, developing methods for sustainable food production, chronic illnesses such as mental health and dementia, life-threatening diseases including cancer and infections and the threats of antimicrobial resistance, drug and alcohol addiction.

Programmes in the Faculty of Life Sciences

Find out more about our postgraduate programmes, including application deadlines, fees and modes of study.

Taught programmes Research programmes


Our academic staff deliver inspirational learning and support across a wide range of subjects. Among us are Fellows of the Royal Society and Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Staff expertise opens up a wealth of opportunities for our students. You'll explore your area of interest while gaining access to wider scientific knowledge and cutting-edge fundamental and translational research.  

Professional development

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 excellent learning and library facilities. We are home to state-of-the art laboratories and our £56 million Life Sciences building. Students often spend time in the laboratories of collaborators, which can be academic, industry or clinic-based. 


Research in the faculty is wide ranging, and is conducted in the laboratory and in nature. Our students study single molecules, individual cells, whole organisms, populations and communities. Our research is well supported by major grants and doctoral training programmes. Funding providers include the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, industry and the European Union.