The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

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The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has shown itself to be one of the UK’s elite research departments according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The results of the REF reveal that 87% of the School's Chemistry research is rated as either 4-star (world-leading) or 3-star (internationally excellent) in terms of originality, significance, and rigour and for Biology this figure was 82%.


We are home to an active, cutting-edge research programme. Our research staff are engaged in a wide range of ground-breaking projects across the broad sweep of biological, chemical and psychological sciences. Much of this work is made possible by the wide range of in-house analytical services and core facilities. Research activity is also extended and supported by a range of collaborative research centres.


Our research activity is split into four departments: 

Within these four departments there are groups of researchers focused on more specific topics, each group has an internationally renowned research output.


Our funding comes from a variety of research councils and institutions including the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC), European Research Council (ERC), The Royal Society, The Leverhulme Trust and Medical Research Council.

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