About the Faculty of Science

Some of the most significant discoveries of this and the last century are linked to research carried out in Bristol. Our faculty has a strong international profile, outstanding people and state-of-the-art facilities. We take great pride in the quality of our teaching and research and attract postgraduate students from all over the world.

Programmes in the Faculty of Science

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

Taught programmes Research programmes


Members of the faculty interact with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines, from social sciences to medicine. The exceptional quality and diversity of our academic talent provides the foundation for world-leading research. Our staff includes Fellows of the Royal Society, who are recognised for their substantial contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Professional development

Many programmes are interdisciplinary and directly interact with other faculties and industry. Our graduates build their careers in either research or relevant employment. We have many industrial partners whose workforces benefit from Bristol’s exceptional research and training opportunities. We also collaborate with leading UK research institutes, government agencies and regional and international partners.


The faculty enjoys a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities. Our Earth Science Collection has over 100,000 samples of scientific and historical importance. The world-class biogeochemistry facilities in our Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information are home to some of the quietest labs in 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.

Our diverse research topics cover the past, present and future from the nanoscale to the global scale. For example, recent studies in our faculty have covered the evolution of cyanobacteria; the environmental impact of flooding; the formation and differentiation of planets and the study of future climate change.