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Department of Life Sciences research

Our research spans a diverse range of areas, from drug discovery science and healthcare, to evolutionary biology and biodiversity.

Research themes

These themes bridge across the Department, enabling new opportunities for wider collaboration.


Advancing knowledge and delivering products and solutions with medical, industrial and agricultural impact, via study and use of molecules, cells and organisms.

Evolution and biodiversity

Applying evolutionary concepts to fundamental questions in biology with a drive to address real world challenges through research, education, and outreach.

Our Post Doctoral Researchers

Find out more about the post doctoral research community at Bath.

Our research centres

Our research centres build a lively research community across intra- and interdisciplinary fields.

Centre for Therapeutic Innovation

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We transform innovation, arisen from basic research, to diagnostics and prognostics, medicines design and delivery, leading to personalised medicine.

Cancer Research at Bath

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Our mission is to improve cancer patient outcomes by fostering links between Bath’s scientists and clinicians.

Neuroscience network

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An interdisciplinary group from psychology, biology and biochemistry, pharmacy and pharmacology, physics and computer science and local hospital research teams.

Research impact Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy

99% of our submitted research activity was ranked as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).

Research impact Biological Sciences

100% of our research environment achieved a 4* or 3* rating, defined as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). Learn more about how our research helps to shape a better future.

Our facilities

Explore our state-of-the-art facilities available for teaching, research and industry with expert support from University staff.

Biotechnology Facility

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A multi-user facility providing protein expression and purification services to researchers across the University and beyond.

Doctoral training

We offer projects over a broad spectrum of subject areas. Projects are available as part of Doctoral Training Partnerships as well as on an individual basis.