Research

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 portfolio of people and facilities.

Recent evidence for this is the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 outcome, which ranks the Faculty of Science third nationally after Cambridge and Imperial College, and internationally, THES 2014/15 places Bristol’s Physical Sciences 43rd worldwide.

The faculty supports research within each discipline and across the disciplines of science.  Our excellent research is supported by cutting edge equipment.  We work closely with all University of Bristol Research Institutes, particularly the Cabot Institute and the Jean Golding Institute.  In collaboration with our colleagues from other faculties in the University, we provide leadership within the Bristol BioDesign Institute and the Bristol Quantum Information Institute.  Our academics are renowned for reaching out to industry both in the UK and internationally to implement the findings of our research in industrial scenarios.  We particularly, pride ourselves on tackling global challenges in collaboration with academics all over the world.

Within the faculty, the strength (i.e. national rankings) of individual schools is reflected by outstanding REF 2014 results: Geography (1st), Earth Sciences (2nd), Mathematics (4th), Physics (4th), Chemistry (5th), Biological Sciences (6th) and Experimental Psychology (13th).

Doctoral Training Centres

Bristol University, and the Science Faculty especially, has proven highly successful in winning competitive funding from EPSRC and other agencies to develop Centres for Doctoral Training CDT, focused on areas of national need and emerging and interdisciplinary research themes.

These include the Bristol Centre for Complesxity Sciences, Functional Nanomaterials, Chemical Synthesis, and the Southwest Doctoral Training Partnership.

Newly funded groups include CDTs in Quantum Engineering and also in Condensed Matter, and the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership.

Schools within Science are also involved in CDTs hosted elsewhere, including the CDT in Synthetic Biology hosted by the University of Oxford, the CDT in Catalysis, hosted by Cardiff University, and the CDT in Theory and MOdelling in Chemical Sciences, hosted across Oxford, Bristol and Southampton.

Courses are run in association with with major industry partners whose workforce in turn benefit from Bristol's exceptional research and training opportunities.

Doctoral training

Did you know?

In addition to six Nobel Laureates, the Faculty of Science is proud to count 29 researchers among Bristol's growing number of Fellows of the Royal Society.

One of the best things about science is that it’s curiosity driven and everything you discover has an impact – from the moment you test an idea, whether it’s right or wrong, it provides additional knowledge.

Alexandre Anesio, Reader in Geobiochemistry

Research ethics

Research carried out by all current students and staff within the Faculty of Science should conform to University policy for the ethical conduct of research. Find out how this policy applies to you, search for guidance, and access resources to support your research.

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Our postgraduate students work alongside world-leading experts on a number of taught and research programmes.

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