School of Natural Sciences
We aim to enable excellence in Natural Sciences teaching and research by harnessing the strengths of individuals, disciplines and wider synergies.
This is an exciting time for the School of Natural Sciences. We have a vibrant student body, from undergraduate through to postgraduate, and a flourishing research community across a range of disciplines. We embrace interdisciplinary collaboration to further our knowledge and help tackle the most pressing global challenges.Professor Chris Hardacre / Head of School of Natural Sciences
Delivering teaching and research activities across our core subjects, we will advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring staff and students to promote positive change.
Together with our colleagues in engineering, as well as collaborations across the Faculties of Biology, Medicine and Health, and Humanities, we will achieve success through multidisciplinary learning and research, educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science.
Making a difference
Sharing the knowledge gained from our research within the Faculty to improve our behaviours and practices, especially in environmental sustainability, enables our staff and students to make a difference in their study and work and generate solutions to society’s challenges.
Our natural sciences departments
Department of Chemistry
Modern chemistry started here, in Manchester, with John Dalton's atomic theory. Today we're one of the largest chemistry departments in the UK, with a distinguished history that helps to inform our current research and excellent teaching.
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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Earth and environmental sciences are integral to the future of our planet. Our research-led teaching and practical courses enable our students and researchers to hone the skills vital for addressing major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.
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Department of Materials
Material scientists are shaping our world. We offer a true understanding of the science behind the fashion, in practical subjects that meet the needs of an ever-changing world.
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Department of Mathematics
Manchester has been at the forefront of mathematics for more than a century and we've helped some of the biggest names in the subject during this time. Today our maths community, and the impact it's having, are bigger than ever.
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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Our rich history in physics and astronomy, with no fewer than 13 Nobel Prize winners, contributes to our international reputation for teaching excellence and outstanding research. Today our commitment to innovation and to new discovery keeps us at the forefront of the subject.
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