About the faculty

The Faculty of Science comprises five schools whose teaching and research activities span mathematical, physical, and environmental sciences. Our ethos is shaped by our ambition for academic activity.

Welcome to the Faculty of Science

We seek to challenge and excite students, and to innovate and broaden the courses we offer. In research, the faculty offers a potent combination of world class people and outstanding facilities While our reputable strength in core subject areas – evidenced most recently by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – fosters a strong interdisciplinary approach.

The University of Bristol was ranked among the top five UK institutions in the REF, while the Faculty of Science ranked in the top three – a credit to the quality and diversity of our postgraduate cohort and testament to the opportunities we provide for students and researchers in a globally competitive world.

The faculty plays a leading role in a network of 12 Centres for Doctoral Training and Doctoral Training Partnerships, cross-faculty partnerships, a host of external industry and university partners, all overseen by the Bristol Doctoral College.

Innovation and creativity lies at the core of science. Bristol’s reputation in both regards means we attract outstanding academic talent at all levels, and can offer exciting opportunities to postdoctoral researchers.


Did you know?

  • Our research grant income is continually on the rise with more than £60m in 2013/14. The School of Chemistry alone ranks 17th amongst the Russell Group of research intensive universities for EPSRC income.
  • The Schools of Physics and Experimental Psychology each secured Bronze Athena SWAN awards in 2014, adding to the Bronze award achieved by Chemistry in 2012.

REF 2014 results

Within the faculty, the strength of individual schools is reflected by outstanding REF 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.

Courses and programmes

In 2017/18 the faculty had over 3,700 students studying a broad range of undergraduate courses and postgraduate programmes.

Why choose Bristol

87% of students in employment or further study within six months of leaving

Faculty of Life Sciences

The new Faculty of Life Sciences was launched in August 2018. It comprises the Schools of:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • Psychological Science

As a result, from August 2018, the Faculty of Science comprises the Schools of:

  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geographical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
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