Faculty of Science

  • BS8 1UH

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Faculty of Science is the largest Faculty within the University, with around 2,800 undergraduates, 900 postgraduates, and over 800 staff.

It consists of the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Geographical Sciences, and the Departments of Earth Sciences, Experimental Psychology, Mathematics and Physics. The individual successes of these departments have played a major part in the University of Bristol's excellent reputation.

Science has established good cross-departmental and cross-faculty links in teaching and research, and offer an outstanding intellectual environment for both its staff and its undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research Centres within the Faculty are the Glaciology, Behavioural Biology, Organic Geochemistry, Environmental & Geophysical Flows, Interface Analysis, IT and Law, the Laboratory for Advanced Computation, and Quantum Information. There is also BRIDGE (Bristol Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment) in Geographical Sciences, and COGNIT (Cognition and Information Technology Research Centre) in Experimental Psychology. The very successful Molecular Recognition Centre links Science with the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences particularly well; the Quantum Information Group links Science with the Faculty of Engineering; and the School of Geographical Sciences provides an important interaction with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. There are strong and successful cross-faculty interactions in Climate Change, Cognition, Interface Analysis, Nanotechnology and Neuroscience.

Departments in the Faculty have also been successful in external links and awards. The Earth Sciences department is host to the NERC QUEST Centre on quantifying earth systems processes, and the Mathematics department is working in partnership with GCHQ on the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research. As well, the School of Chemistry was recently awarded one of HEFCE's Centres of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Bristol ChemLabS. The Faculty is also involved in the Academic Innovation Centre (AIC) at Emersons Green, a joint venture company set up by Bristol and Bath Universities, which will provide accommodation and business support for high-tech companies spun out from the Universities' research.

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    Research Output

    The work that plants do: Life, labour and the future of vegetal economies

    Ernwein, M., Ginn, F. & Palmer, J., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Berlin: Transcript Verlag. 210 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

    1,3-Difunctionalizations of [1.1.1]Propellane via 1,2-Metallate Rearrangements of Boronate Complexes

    Yu, S., Jing, C., Noble, A. & Aggarwal, V. K., 2 Mar 2020, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 59, 10, p. 3917-3921 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    2-neighbour-transitive codes with small blocks of imprimitivity

    Gillespie, N. I., Hawtin, D. R. & Praeger, C. E., 7 Feb 2020, In : Electronic Journal of Combinatorics. 27, 1, 16 p., P1.42.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    Student theses

    (Net)working out poverty and social exclusion in rural Ireland and Russia

    Author: Shubin, S. V., 2003

    Supervisor: Cloke, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    (Re)Defining Sustainability: Belo Monte, São Luiz do Tapajós and Storylines of Resistance

    Author: Atkins, E., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Flint, A. (Supervisor) & Tucker, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Accelerated Sampling Methods for High Dimensional Molecular Systems

    Author: O'Connor, M., 7 May 2019

    Supervisor: Glowacki, D. (Supervisor) & McIntosh-Smith, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    2013 Vice Chancellor’s impact award

    Neal, Jeff (Recipient), 25 Jun 2013

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    3rd year prize for Academic Excellence

    David J Button (Recipient), Aug 2010

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    STEM, LGBTQ and You

    Alexandra E. Moylett (Participant)

    26 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Quoted in the Spectator daily roundup

    Oliver T Johnson (Speaker)

    2 Apr 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation

    Rutherford Appleton Lecture

    Peter George Martin (Participant)

    30 Apr 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk