University of Strathclyde Faculty of Science

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The Faculty Of Science is one of the four faculties which make up the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland.[1] The faculty contains a number of departments offering various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.[2]


The Faculty of Science is based on the John Anderson Campus of the University. The faculty has over 3,000 students and receives a grant income for research of over £20million.[3]

The Faculty offers courses at both undergraduate and also postgraduate level, at which teaching and research options are available.


The faculty consists of five departments, namely:

Pure & Applied Chemistry[edit]

Most recently, greater than £10 million was invested in the departments buildings and laboratories. Many graduates from the department work worldwide in research, industry and education.[4]

The Department is home to a number of Centres, namely: - The Doctoral Training Centre in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry - The Centre for Nanometrology - The Centre for Process Analysis & Control Technology (CPACT) - The Centre for Physical Organic Chemistry - The Centre for Forensic Science

Mathematics & Statistics[edit]

This department was previously two separate entities; the Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Statistics and Modelling Science. However, they merged to form the single Department of Mathematics and Statistics.[5]

Research is focused on applied mathematics in the broadest sense, with an emphasis on nonlinear systems and solution of problems with industrial relevance.[6] Their fundamental and applied research is relevant to a huge range of real world problems ranging from the dynamics of fish populations in the North Sea to the mechanics of liquid crystals and the growth of cancer cells, and staff are working directly on immediate practical problems such as the spread of infectious diseases via joint appointments in a variety of government agencies.

Computer & Information Sciences[edit]

The Department is engaged in research across Computer and Information Sciences, spanning Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering, Information Retrieval, Mobile and Ubiquitous Interaction, Functional Programming, Dataflow Systems, Database Indexing and Information Science.

In addition to their research, the Department offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Many of these are cross disciplinary, with courses jointly run with the Strathclyde Business School and the University's Law School, for example.


The Department offers undergraduate courses which lead to both the award of BSc and MPhys. They also offer a number of postgraduate taught courses, including Masters courses in: - High-Power Radio Frequency Science and Engineering - Nanoscience - Optical Technologies - Photonics and Device Microfabrication - Quantum Information and Coherence

The Department of Physics are engaged with exciting projects at the forefront of physics research, from teasing out the fundamental properties of the Universe to spearheading market-driven device-oriented interdisciplinary projects. We are developing disruptive technologies from basic physics that have the potential to revolutionise healthcare in the future, or could solve the energy crisis.

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS)[edit]

SIPBS is a major research centre in Scotland and is amongst the UK's top Schools of Pharmacy. It has state of the art facilities and benefited from a new £36 million purpose-built building to harness this department's research in drug discovery and development. The building was completed in 2011.[7]

SIPBS research is focused on New Medicines, Better Medicines and Better Use of Medicines.

Research within the Institute is advanced through six Research Groups: • Cardiovascular Research • Cell Biology • Infection, Immunity and Microbiology • Medicines Use and Health • Neuroscience • Pharmaceutical Sciences


The faculty has over 800 staff members.[citation needed]

Dean of Faculty[edit]

The current dean of the Faculty is Prof. Iain Hunter.[8][9] He replaces Brian Furman who retired.[10] After being a professor of Molecular Microbiology for 13 years at Strathclyde University he became the dean of the faculty in 2008. Based in the SIPBS department the professor took up his post with "a determination to strengthen links between faculties and with industry."[11][12] Originally Hunter graduated from Glasgow University with an honours degree in Biochemistry before undertaking a phD in Microbial Physiology (the study of how the microbial cell functions biochemically) again at University of Glasgow.

The professor also works with the Scottish Qualifications Authority in creating the new Curriculum For Excellence Framework in Biology.[citation needed]


The Faculty of Science has the largest number of research students in the University. The Faculty of Science collaborates with many external groups such as the European Space Agency, NASA, NHS Scotland, and the Metropolitan Police.[citation needed]

Department Rankings[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Departments & Faculties". Retrieved 2009-11-18.
  2. ^ "Departments within the Faculty". Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  3. ^ "Faculty Science Homepage". Retrieved 2009-11-19.
  4. ^ "Pure & Applied Chemistry - About Us". Retrieved 2009-11-25.
  5. ^ "Decision to Merge Departments (Point CM 4217, Page 3 of Document)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-11-18.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Maths Department involved with Applied Maths". Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  7. ^ "New SIPBS Building". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  8. ^ "New Dean takes up post". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  9. ^ "Dean of Science". Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  10. ^ "Former Dean Brian Furman". Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  11. ^ "Strathclyde's science dean signals more industry links". Retrieved 2009-11-24.[dead link]
  12. ^ "New Science Dean's formula for success". Retrieved 2009-11-24.

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