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Our Research

The Faculty of Science is home to a diverse community of staff and students across eight academic Departments. Our inclusive, creative, and innovative research environment provides our students with an inspiring learning experience and enables us to produce world-leading research.

We are proud of the effort and contributions made by all members of the Science Faculty to REF 2021. Durham University developed a major investment strategy in 2017, with a large investment in staff and facilities. We are already seeing fruits of this investment partway through this major refresh, for example in Computer Science. The ongoing recruitment of top-quality staff and investment in science over the next few years will put us in a strong position for the next REF.
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How physics is transforming our household cleaning products

Our strategic partnership with Procter and Gamble (P&G) has enabled interdisciplinary research projects across experimental, computational and theoretical physics.

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Durham Chemistry and P&G Strategic Partnership

Research from this partnership has "enabled unique and globally scalable innovation that has improved billions of consumers' lives around the world".

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Explore the eight departments of the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science consists of eight departments, which are responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as research. 

Find out more about each of our eight departments.

Department of Biosciences

Explore the Research Excellence Framework (REF) page for the Department of Biosciences.

Department of Chemistry

Explore the Research Excellence Framework (REF) page for the Department of Chemistry.
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Department of Computer Science

Explore the Research Excellence Framework (REF) page for the Department of Computer Science.

Department of Earth Sciences

Explore the Research Excellence Framework (REF) page for the Department of Earth Sciences.
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Department of Engineering

Explore the Research Excellence Framework (REF) page for the Department of Engineering.

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Explore the Research Excellence Framework (REF) page for the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
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Department of Physics

Explore the Research Excellence Framework (REF) page for the Department of Physics.
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Department of Psychology

Explore the Research Excellence Framework (REF) page for the Department of Psychology.
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Research and Business at Durham

At Durham, our academic staff conduct boundary-breaking research which improves lives across the world. Collaboration with a broad mix of partners is central to enhancing global knowledge and developing global citizenship.  We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham.

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