Department profile

Faculty of Science

University of Bath
2016/17 edition

About Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science Graduate School is home to postgraduate students engaged in research or taking taught courses within life sciences, physical sciences and mathematics. The Faculty offers a wide range of high calibre taught and research-based postgraduate programmes, and prides itself on its excellence in research, which provides the foundation from which its unique style of teaching and learning has developed.

The Faculty’s research spans the spectrum from fundamental studies of the mathematical, physical and biological worlds through to cutting-edge applications. Enjoying excellent facilities for research and continually investing in the research infrastructure, the Faculty’s research is supported by a wide variety of funding agencies, including the UK Research Councils, the European Union, Industry and Charities. In addition, our close association with industry and commerce means that Bath graduates enjoy some of the highest rates of employment and the best starting salaries in the UK.

Deciding on the right postgraduate path can be challenging, but the Graduate School team is here to help you, with information about courses and living in Bath, and help and advice about the application process. Being a postgraduate student at Bath can be enormously rewarding, combining an opportunity to learn in a world class academic environment with living a World Heritage City.

The Faculty of Science

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The Faculty of Science is the largest Faculty in the University, with nearly 3,000 undergraduate students and over 500 postgraduate students.

The Faculty comprises six departments:

Within these departments a diverse range of taught and research postgraduate degrees are available, including:

Master of Science (MSc):
Our MSc programmes aim to provide professional level training with strong theoretical, research and transferrable skills all of which will be highly sought after by companies and higher education institutions worldwide.

Master of Research (MRes):
The MRes programmes will provide experience of high-level research in state-of-the-art facilities, and provide training in a wide range of research techniques. Students who complete an MRes degree will be well placed to proceed to a PhD programme. There are also specific opportunities for inter-disciplinary research.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):
PhD projects are offered in all disciplines, with various funded and unfunded places. There are also opportunities in the Doctoral Training Centres for Digital Entertainment and for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, which both offer 4-year Integrated PhD programmes. There are opportunities to study for an MPhil degree on a shorter timescale than a PhD.

Integrated PhD (Int PhD)
An alternative to the standard PhD, this four year PhD programme includes a number of taught units to further increase the range of skills of our students.

Doctor of Engineering (EngD):
There is a specialist EngD in Digital Media available in the Department of Computer Science. The EngD is a four-year postgraduate award intended for the UK's leading research engineers who want a high-flying career in industry. It is a radical alternative to the traditional PhD, being better suited to the needs of industry, and providing a more vocationally oriented doctorate in engineering

Centres and Institutes

As the largest Faculty in the University of Bath, the Faculty of Science provides a creative and dynamic home for its community of scientists, spanning our six core disciplines, and enabling our postgraduate students to benefit from the internationally-leading work of our academics and the ever-developing interdisciplinary research, as highlighted by the Faculty’s involvement in research centres and institutes, examples of which include;


Each year we have a range of scholarships available for both home and international students undertaking postgraduate study with the Faculty of Science. Details can be found on our Funding webpages (for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research).

How to apply

Step-by-step guidance on the application process is available at the links below:

To apply for one of our postgraduate degree programmes, please complete our online application form.

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