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About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is the home of science at the University of Sheffield. It is made up seven departments that span the classical science subjects of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. We are dedicated, through our research, to understanding ourselves, our world and its place in the universe. At the same time, we are training a new generation of experts to find solutions to the problems that science can solve.

APS

Deepening human understanding of organisms and ecosystems to build a sustainable future.

BMS

Leading acclaimed research to develop knowledge of medical conditions and improve treatments.

CHEMISTRY

Inspiring young scientists and Nobel Prize winners with groundbreaking research and innovative teaching.

MATHS

Exploring the length and breadth of pure and applied mathematics and statistics.

MBB

Studying life at the molecular level, finding new approaches in biology and training a new generation of highly skilled scientists.

PHYSICS

Exploring the fundamental laws of the universe and developing pioneering technologies to tackle global challenges.

PSYCHOLOGY

Investigating and understanding human behaviour and society, to satisfy the human urge to understand why.

Our staff come from all over the world and are conducting research at an international standard to tackle great environmental challenges, understand disease and behaviour, advance robotic technologies, map distant galaxies, and much more. With an annual research income of more than £30m, we are one of the most effective science faculties in the UK at finding new ways to meet the needs of society, industry and the planet as a whole. In the last Research Excellence Framework, 90% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

These world class scientists are the same people who teach our students. There are more than 4,000 undergraduates on our BSc and integrated masters courses, plus another 200 on our postgraduate taught masters courses. Our taught students benefit from a truly unique experience. They learn state-of-the-art research techniques, study the latest scientific developments with leaders in their fields and complete their own research projects. Many enjoy once-in-a-lifetime study abroad opportunities with colleagues at international facilities ‒ from the Danum Valley Field Centre in Malaysian Borneo to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

By completing one of our research degrees (MRes, MPhil and PhD), our students learn all the skills a professional scientist needs, becoming advocates for their research who make a difference both within and beyond their global network of colleagues. We encourage the more than 600 researchers completing their doctoral training with us to pursue unique projects and find innovative solutions to deepen our understanding of the world around us.

This approach extends to our internationally-renowned research centres such as the Florey Institute, which is tackling drug resistance and bacterial pathogens, Imagine, which is using revolutionary microscopy technologies to answer the biggest questions in biology and medicine, the P3 translational plant science centre, which is working to feed the growing global population, and the groundbreaking Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, which is equipping interdisciplinary researchers with the skills to become advocates.

We are committed, too, to building a sustainable, technologically advanced home for our teaching and research. Our facilities include the Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility, Sheffield Solar Farm and the £10m Sir David Read Controlled Environment Facility. We are also home to state-of-the-art MRI and Light Microscopy facilities, and we continue to invest the advanced GroDome facilities at the Arthur Willis Environment Centre.