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Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences


The Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences unites experts in Chemistry, Colour Science, Food Science & Nutrition, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Astronomy. With more than 130 years of history, it is now one of the UK’s largest scientific research centres, with a world-class reputation for the quality of our work, spanning the most diverse and far-reaching range of subjects, covering the limitless expanse of space to the minute world of quantum effects.

The Faculty has one of the largest student cohorts in the area of mathematics and physical sciences in the UK, with approximately 2,400 students. A significant proportion of students come from overseas, covering over 68 countries, which reflects the global appeal of our provision.

Our research is focused on both the fundamental development of scientific and mathematical knowledge, and the application of science to meet the needs of industry and the consumer. Whether it be discovering the origin of stars, developing high-performance food packaging or creating anti-cancer drugs, our research work covers a wide range of areas which affect many parts of our lives, from pharmaceuticals and food production to financial management and electronic systems.

The impact of our research was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where all subject areas were judged to be undertaking ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ research, helping to position the University of Leeds in the top ten UK institutions for research power, a measure of both the quality and volume of research carried out.


The Faculty consists of four schools: