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Research Themes

Welcome to the School of Applied Science. Our multidisciplinary research falls within six themes, with significant interaction and overlap between these areas. Our academic staff and postgraduate research students have access to excellent laboratory facilities, whilst also carrying out significant field-based studies. A linking aspect across all themes is the importance we place in ensuring that our research has relevance to major issues affecting today’s society. We foster a strong collegiate atmosphere for all of our research staff, and welcome applications for PhD or Masters by Research study in all of our areas of expertise.


  • 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent (3*) 
  • More than 50% of our research is recognised as world leading or internationally excellent (4* / 3*) 
  • We are joint first in the UK for impact out of 40 universities - based on 4* / 3*
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Industry enquiries

If you are a business in need of expertise, then please get in touch with Dr Duncan Pirrie, who will put you in touch with the appropriate staff. Our extensive analytical facilities are available for commercial use.