School Information

School Information

Welcome to the School of Natural and Computing Sciences, where through our research-led teaching and leading research we address the fundamental physical sciences, apply mathematics into interdisciplinary problems, develop the next generation of smart computational systems, and take chemistry from lab to every-day life. The School consists of four departments:

Our research is high quality and often outward facing, with many interactions with other disciplines, with public bodies and with industry.  We have leading groups in each discipline - you can find out more information by following the links above.  From topology to transition metals, from natural language to natural products, from complex systems to catalysis, our research is diverse and also covers the range from pure to applied.

In addition, we have been involved in a number of spin-out companies in diverse areas such as drug development for Alzheimer's disease (TauRx, Chemistry, Physics), natural language generation for multiple applications including medical monitoring and weather reporting (Arria, Computing Science) bone replacement materials (Sirakoss, Chemistry) and new fuel cell materials (Enocell, Chemistry). 

Our teaching serves both these fundamental disciplines but also reaches out to link with other areas, for example in our first year chemistry courses “Chemistry for the Life Sciences” and our general first year physics course “Understanding the Physical World”.  We also have specialist postgraduate masters programmes in Analytical Chemistry, Advanced Energy Materials, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Financial Technology.

We also coordinate Sixth Century Courses

Please enjoy reading about us, and discover our research and teaching and the opportunities available.  We pride ourselves on our open door policies and our friendly environment in which we can provide every support to our staff and students.


Professor David McGloin (Head of School)