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University of Exeter: Natural Sciences

Institution University of Exeter
Department Biosciences
Study type Research


Many of the most exciting developments in science are occurring at the boundaries where different branches of sciences, and mathematics, meet. Studying for a PhD in Natural Sciences will equip you with the ability to view research questions through multiple scientific lenses, with the emphasis on creating mathematical models that can be tested against observations. You will join an incredibly strong, and supportive, community of undergraduates, postgraduate researchers and staff who share a passion for exciting and ground-breaking research across the sciences and mathematics. Natural Sciences ranges from understanding the chemistry of the atmospheres of extrasolar planets to nanoscience, to using new advances in physics and materials to probe the properties of single bio-molecules. To tackle the big challenges of our time, from climate change to food security, and requires creativity and fresh perspectives. Diversity, of ideas and people, is therefore at the heart of who we are and what we do.

Natural Sciences supervisors have close links with different research institutes, such as the Living Systems and Global Systems Institute, as well as research groups within such areas as Functional Materials. Profiles of Natural Sciences staff can be found on the department website.

To learn more about modules, assessment methods, facilities and our staff research expertise please visit our course page.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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