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University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Results from the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) reaffirm the University of Nottingham as among the best universities in the UK for the strength of our research.

Our research provides real-world responses to global challenges and we’re placed 7th in the UK for research power according to analysis by Times Higher Education

Securing sustainable food supplies, ending slavery, developing greener transport, and striving for net zero aviation are just some of the challenges where our world-leading researchers are driving innovation.

We support an international community of 3,000 researchers, 8,000 postgraduates and 160 research groups. Bringing together talented, passionate and dedicated people who strive to make discoveries that change lives and societies across the world.

University of Nottingham

Our REF2021 performance at a glance:

  • 90%* of our research is classed as ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*)
  • 100%* of our research is recognised internationally

*According to analysis by Times Higher Education.

  • 51% of our research is assessed as ‘world-leading’ (4*) for its impact*

*According to our own analysis

  • We are placed in the top 5 for our research in Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Area Studies and Economics
  • Our research in Public Health and Primary Care placed 1st in the UK for real-world impact, with Engineering placing third, and nine of our units of assessment are in the top 10 for the impact of their research
  • We are placed 1st for our research environment in Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Computer Sciences

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If you wish to be considered for any School of Biosciences PhD vacancy please email a copy of your CV with a covering letter to biosciences-admissions@nottingham.ac.uk

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The School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham is one of the leading chemistry departments in the UK, with a reputation for world-class research and excellent teaching. With over 40 academic staff, our research interests are wide-ranging, from the traditional core of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry to the interfaces with biology, engineering, nanotechnology, materials science, physics and astronomy. The School of Chemistry was ranked second in the UK in terms of research quality in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

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Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre (Formerly The School of Life Sciences) covers a wide spectrum of biological and medical sciences in both teaching and research. The expertise in the School spans molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy and zoology. The School aims to achieve Excellence in Education, both in its own undergraduate science and postgraduate MSc degrees and with the major contributions it makes to professional courses in Medicine, Pharmacy and Dietetics. The School has a substantial research portfolio and strives to achieve research excellence across this range. There is a large cohort of early career researchers, comprising postdoctoral research fellows and over 250 postgraduate research students, together with highly skilled technical staff underpinning the research activities.

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The School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham carries out world-leading research and provides outstanding research supervision and education. The school offers a huge breadth of subject matter, from medical engineering, to imaging, stem cell culture, epidemiology, computational modelling and clinical medicine.

Our research supervision and education processes have been built upon years of experience and global best practice, and have resulted in excellent completion rates, happy students and plentiful, high-impact research publications.

Students graduating from the School of Medicine are the next generation of high-profile biomedical researchers and teachers and go on to enjoy successful careers in hospitals, universities and industry.

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The School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham has a world class reputation for its research and is ranked as the top Pharmacy School for research quality in the UK (RAE 2008). Our portfolio of multidisciplinary research is focussed on understanding and developing treatments for some of the most complex and challenging diseases of our time. To help achieve this we have a global network of academic and industrial collaborators. The School's excellence in research was recognised by the award of the 2007 Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation Category for 'enhancing significantly the development of new medicines'. The international quality of our academics and researchers has also been recognized by a number of current prestigious personal fellowships including a BBSRC Professorial Fellowship and two BBSRC David Phillips Fellowships.
The School has five major and integrated Research Divisions housed in state of the art modern facilities. Researchers receive funding from the UK Research Councils and the European Union as well as charities and industry. This funding helps us attract around 45 PhD students a year and supports many outstanding postdoctoral researchers.

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The School of Physics & Astronomy is a flourishing member of the Science Faculty in this research-led university. The School has an international research reputation, with a large portfolio of research contracts from EPSRC, PPARC, STFC, MRC, BBSRC, NERC, CCLRC, RCUK, the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society, the EU and industry.

The School currently has around 120 full-time postgraduate research students. Students come from a range of countries and there is a thriving international research student community in the School and University. We offer excellent support in an exciting city. Find out more about postgraduate life and opportunities at Nottingham.

The School was ranked joint second in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

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