"The Faculty of Science undertakes world-class research spanning wide-ranging topics including quantum physics, plant genomics, human imaging, sustainable chemistry, neuroscience, mathematical modelling and beyond. We work closely with industry on the training of the next generation of scientists and collaborate worldwide to ensure our research has a major societal impact."

Professor Kevin Shakesheff

Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science

Faculty of Science

The Faculty is made up of seven schools:

  • Biosciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology

The latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) found our research to be 'world-class' and 'internationally excellent'.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Nottingham delivers high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

Schools, centres and institutes

The Faculty of Science comprises seven schools and has strong links with the School of Life Sciences and School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Schools from within the faculty also collaborate with those from the University's other faculties to form various research centres and research institutes.

Study with us

We offer a wide range of courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research level. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies, and we have strong links with industry which are reflected in our teaching and learning provision.

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Improve your employability

There are plenty of opportunities to build up your employability skills and explore the career choices open to you, alongside your studies. These include:

  • work experience (paid or voluntary)
  • careers skills workshops
  • professional skills modules
  • careers fairs
  • employer-led workshops and presentations
  • speaking to a careers adviser
  • networking with professionals and alumni
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Programs taught in:
English

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Biotechnology is a revolutionary science with proven impact in the health, medicine, food, environment and energy sectors. This exciting new course is designed to equip y ... [+]

Biotechnology is a revolutionary science with proven impact in the health, medicine, food, environment and energy sectors.

Overview

This exciting new course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and application of science and technology to tackle today's global challenges.

It offers specialisms in plant, microbial and animal biotechnology. The overarching theme is based on understanding the fundamental cellular mechanisms, genetic manipulations of biological systems and production processes.

You will be introduced to pioneering technologies in biotechnology and have the opportunity to find out more about current opportunities in this field of science with visits to industry and career workshops.... [-]

United Kingdom Sutton Bonington
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
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An interdisciplinary course that uniquely combines aspects of psychology, mathematics and computer science; Computational Neuroscience aims to better understand brain fun ... [+]

Understanding the human brain is one of the grand challenges of science and is important for basic science, health, and technology.

Overview Key facts An interdisciplinary course that uniquely combines aspects of psychology, mathematics and computer science Computational Neuroscience aims to better understand brain function, develop better analysis tools for neural data and inspire artificial intelligence algorithms Recent developments

A number of developments make this course particularly relevant:

Recent successes in machine learning are based on analogies with animal brains, i.e. artificial neural networks; these successes have put the analysis of brain computation at the forefront once more In particular study of the biological brain is being considered as a way to resolve some outstanding issues in AI, such as learning with a limited number of samples, generalisation, and the development of explainable AI The study of the brain is currently undergoing a revolution as computational models are becoming powerful and accurate enough to complement experimental approaches Revolutions in experimental recording methods necessitate the use of advanced analysis methods to deal with the enormous volume of data that these methods can produce Full course details How you'll be taught ... [-]
United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Nottingham

This course is an ideal next step following a first degree in computer science subjects, covering the school's research strengths such as artificial intelligence, interac ... [+]

This course is an ideal next step following a first degree in computer science subjects, covering the school's research strengths such as artificial intelligence, interactive systems and the mathematical foundations of programming.

Overview Benefit from our strong links with employers Join a thriving postgraduate community Study in a school ranked in the top ten for research power*

* Research Excellence Framework, 2014

This course offers the following two pathways, preparing you for a highly skilled career in industry and/or research.

If you have a background in computer science or a related subject, this course is an ideal next step, with a variety of optional modules covering the school's research strengths such as artificial intelligence and human-computer interactions If you have a background in other subjects, modules in the first semester prepare you with fundamentals in computer science, ready for taking various optional modules in the second semester ... [-]
United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Nottingham

Financial mathematics is a branch of mathematics where advanced mathematical and statistical methods are developed for and applied to financial markets and financial mana ... [+]

This course focuses on mathematical modelling and computational techniques used in the financial industry, as well as the required background in finance.

Overview

Financial mathematics is a branch of mathematics where advanced mathematical and statistical methods are developed for and applied to financial markets and financial management. Its main aims are to quantify and hedge risks in the financial marketplace.

Applicants should have a solid background in mathematics including calculus, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations and basic techniques used in probability and statistics.

Effective computational methods are crucial for the successful use of mathematical modelling in finance. This course is designed to reflect this combination of knowledge and skills so that graduates are well equipped to enter the competitive job markets of quantitative finance and related fields. Optional modules also equip graduates with foundations of data analytics.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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This course covers all aspects of modern green and sustainable chemistry including feedstocks, energy, sustainable synthesis (including biocatalysis) and industrial proce ... [+]

This course covers all aspects of modern green and sustainable chemistry including feedstocks, energy, sustainable synthesis (including biocatalysis) and industrial process design.

Overview Learn about the latest developments in sustainable chemistry Benefit from world-class facilities and our strong links with industry Study an interdisciplinary programme

Chemistry plays a key role in our search for better medicines to improve healthcare in an ageing population, for safer agrochemicals to aid food production for a growing population, and advanced materials for new technologies. Our objective is to ensure that chemistry is sustainable.

This course trains a new generation of scientists to find innovative sustainable resource and energy-efficient solutions that have a low environmental impact, demonstrate social responsibility and make a positive contribution to economic growth. You’ll cover many aspects of modern sustainable chemistry including:... [-]

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September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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Gain advanced training into the fundamentals of modern machine learning and artificial intelligence with a particular focus on their application to problems across the sc ... [+]

Gain advanced training into the fundamentals of modern machine learning and artificial intelligence with a particular focus on their application to problems across the sciences.

Overview

In the last few years, the development and use of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) have revolutionised areas such as computer vision, speech recognition and natural language processing, transforming them from almost intractable problems into useful aspects of our everyday lives.

AI is also fast becoming essential in science for analysing and classifying large sets of data coming from ever more numerous observations and complex experiments. At the same time, the growing interest in the use of ML methods has led to new approaches to AI by applying the ideas and techniques of physical sciences which offer distinct and complementary perspectives to those of computer science and software engineering.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Nottingham

This course offers a modern advanced curriculum in statistics, providing the specific techniques and skills suitable for a professional career in statistics or as a solid ... [+]

This course offers a modern advanced curriculum in statistics, providing the specific techniques and skills suitable for a professional career in statistics or as a solid basis for research in the area.

Overview

Optional topics typically include generalised linear models, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, the bootstrap, multivariate analysis, spatial statistics, time series and forecasting, multilevel models, stochastic finance, together with shape and image analysis.

Key facts This course is founded by the work being carried out in the Statistics and Probability research group The School of Mathematical Sciences is one of the largest and strongest mathematics departments in the UK, with over 70 full-time academic staff The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results place the School in the top 10 nationally within Mathematical Sciences for 'research power' and 'research quality'; with 32% of its research recognised as world-leading and a further 56% as internationally excellent The research environment was classified as 75% world-leading in vitality and sustainability, with the remaining 25% internationally excellent, reflecting the outstanding setting the school provides for its academic staff as well as its postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers Ranked 8th in the UK for three subject areas within the School, namely pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and operational research This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society The school scored 87% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, 2018 Academic English preparation and support ... [-]
United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus

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