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    MSc students birdwatching on Lake Baringo Kenya 2008

School of Natural Sciences

Welcome to the School of Natural Sciences. The School conducts research, and delivers teaching, on all aspects of the natural world, from the formation of the earth, the behaviour of the environment, the evolution and ecology of its organisms and its interactions with human society. We are engaged with solving some of the major challenges facing human society through our teaching, research and partnership with industry and policy development both nationally and globally. The School comprises of the Disciplines of Botany, Geography, Geology and Zoology and two research centres. We currently accommodate ca. 40 academic staff, 25 support staff, 20 postdoctoral research fellows and over 100 graduate research students. We have an annual research income in excess of €4 million and produce an average of 150 publications per year. The School also delivers eight undergraduate and three taught masters degree programmes. Further details on all these aspects of the School can be found on these pages by navigating through the menus on the left of the screen.

Professor Fraser Mitchell
Head of School

Teaching Programme

We offer nine undergraduate degrees and four taught Masters Courses mirroring our research activities. Postgraduate research students are embedded in the research teams across our School.


Our research focusses on understanding the world in which we live. Our School consists of ca. 42 principal investigators who lead teams of postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students.


Last updated 4 March 2015 Natural Sciences (Email).