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Faculty of ScienceOur research

Research is a priority in the Faculty of Science. Multi-million pound funding from research councils, the EU, NHS, charities and industry ensures that our research is relevant and of national and international importance.

Our research students and workers have access to cutting edge, specialist facilities.

Research activity

Research activity spans pure and applied sciences with a major input into the research 'pooling' initiatives across Scotland, including:

The Faculty also engages in international research collaborations.

Research in the Faculty of Science is conducted across all our academic departments and also in specialised research units.

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Research groups & centres


Computer & Information Sciences

Mathematics & Statistics

Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences Physics
John Anderson Building, home of Physics.

Research Facilities


  • Mass Spectrometry - The MS Facility at Strathclyde University is based in the Thomas Graham building in a spacious purpose-built laboratory, serving students and researchers within the university and also providing a bespoke service to industrial clients. The facility has a wide range of state of the art equipment for analysis of an extensive range of organic and inorganic molecule types: Thermo Exactive Orbitrap high-resolution instrument, Shimadzu MALDI-ToF, Advion LCMS, Agilent LCMS, Agilent GCMS, Agilent GC-FID, Advion TLC-MS plate reader, and Agilent ICP-MS. Contacts: Graeme Anderson or Jessica Bame
  • NMR Spectroscopy - The NMR Facility, part of the wider Scottish NMR Users Group, hosts four solution-phase NMR spectrometers equipped to investigate a wide range of molecular systems. The instruments operate under automated or manual control. Flexible experimental protocols allow for nuclear magnetic resonance measurements across the full range of spin-active atomic nuclei. Contacts: Craig Irving or John Parkinson
  • Single Crystal X-Ray Diffraction - The Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry offers commercial access to our state-of-the-art single crystal x-ray diffraction facilities. Suitable for all small-molecule chemical crystallography needs. Specialist staff will measure, solve and refine your data, and provide a full report on the structural outcome. Contact: Alan Kennedy


  • ABP (Atoms, Beams, Plasma) - The ABP facility has extensive capability in microwave, mm-wave free electron, RF accelerator and plasma physics research. Examples include a large helicon plasma apparatus, 1m in diameter and 3m length, a range of microwave sources, high performance amplifiers, detectors and diagnostics. The laboratory features a range of high voltage modulators and high field electromagnets. There are five X-ray shielded bays with electrical and cooling systems capable of 500kW average power. This is supported by sophisticated computer simulation capabilities. Contacts: Adrian CrossAlan Phelps or Kevin Ronald
  • Electron microscope facility (fEC facility) - The Semiconductor Spectroscopy and Devices group in Physics runs a suite of five electron microscopes; these are primarily used for characterising semiconducting materials and devices, but can also be accessed by other groups in the University. The facility is managed using ULab, a web-based laboratory and equipment management system. Contacts: Paul Edwards or Robert Martin
  • SCAPA - The SCAPA facility comprises 3 shielded areas for working with 7 accelerator beam lines. The suite also houses biological and chemical preparation rooms and a radioisotope sealed source room for X-ray and gamma ray detector calibration. Contact: Dino Jaroszynski
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Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

The Faculty of Science is delighted to be involved with the piloting of a new programme of classes called Vertically Integrated Projects.

VIP projects give undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to work together on a range of research projects. The students also get to work with academic staff on these exciting cutting-edge projects. The projects are across different subjects so those involved gain the experience of working across traditional academic boundaries.

The benefits of getting involved with VIP projects include:

  • learn and practice many different professional skills
  • make substantial technical contributions to a project
  • experience many different roles on a large design team
  • interact and receive support from more senior students
  • contribute to the completion of large-scale design projects

If you would like to find out more about the projects and how to get involved visit the Vertically Integrated Project's webpage.

PhD & MPhil degrees are offered in all Science departments

Support for researchers

The University has a comprehensive programme of support for researchers, called SPIRAL. The programme offers a range of courses and events and access to various tools and resources. Further information can be found on the SPIRAL webpages.