School of Natural Sciences

School Description:

The School of Natural Sciences, comprising the academic units of Botany, Geography, Geology and Zoology and incorporating the Centre for the Environment, forms an internationally recognised, research-led centre of academic excellence accommodating biological, physical and social scientists.

Research Programmes

The research Interests of staff in the School are highly diverse and span the four major themes of: Ecology and Evolution; Earth and Environmental Science; Molecular Biology and Comparative Physiology. Society, Space and Environment.

Our research is conducted by 39 principal investigators whose activities are supported by post-doctoral and postgraduate researchers engaged in a wide range of dynamic research areas. Currently, there are in excess of 140 postgraduate research students and a further 50 students in total registered for the School’s one-year taught Masters degree programmes (Environmental Sciences, Biodiversity and Conservation, Environment and Development) and a further 45 on the 2 year Masters in Development Practice. Our School is productive in its output of research, producing over 500 peer-reviewed publications since 2004, along with a host of books and presentations by invitation at conferences and other events. The School’s website ( provides up-to-date information on the research interests of individual and groupings of members of academic staff in the School.


In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing