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Astronomy and Planetary Science

From planets orbiting other stars to the extreme conditions near a black hole, astronomy and planetary science is all about the discovery of the Universe.

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Discover the structure and function of cells, the importance of biology in human health and technology, and how evolutionary adaptations contribute to the survival of whole organisms.

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Understanding molecules, their shape, structure, how they are made and react, is the linchpin of all the sciences.

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Computing and IT

Computing and Information Technology is the foundation to modern society and business.

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Design and Innovation

Design and innovation has never been more important to society and our everyday lives.

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Earth Sciences

Discover the fascinating world of geology and learn about the Earth by studying with us.

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Engineering solves challenges, from the constant miniaturisation of electronics to gravity defying super structures.

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Environmental Management and Technology

Environmental Management and Technology addresses the ever increasing pressures and demands of modern business and society on the natural and built environments.  These complex challenges require effective environmental management which is why we draw upon a range of different discipline areas including science, technology, the social sciences and management.

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Environmental Sciences

Environmental sciences is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it.

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Health Sciences

Health Sciences is focused on the improvement of health through scientific research.

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There has never been a more exciting time for the study and application of mathematics. Modern society relies on Mathematics in numerous and often surprising ways.

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Natural Sciences

Businesses and society increasingly look to our scientists to provide solutions and create opportunities. However breakthroughs often require insights from more than one area of science.

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Exploring the world of physics is fascinating and changes how people think about the world.

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Arguably the most important science, since all other sciences are dependent upon it, statistics enables us to learn from data.

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