School of Life Sciences


Research lies at the heart of the School of Life Sciences and underpins our outstanding teaching.

An interdisciplinary approach

Our research is often interdisciplinary in nature, embracing disciplines from within and outside our School at all levels and our collaborations extend to other universities and research institutes across the world.

Within the University, we regularly collaborate with the School of Psychology, the School of Engineering and Informatics, the School of Global Studies, the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), Sussex Neuroscience and the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme.

Our interests

Our research is broadly based on the following interests:

Research Excellence Framework

Research Excellence Framework 2014

87% of our research in biological sciences was rated as internationally excellent or higher in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with 48% rated as world-leading.


Sponsorship of Independent Research Fellows

The School of Life Sciences is keen to attract and support the most outstanding researchers of the future. We welcome applications from promising scientists who have obtained, or would like to obtain, competitively-awarded Fellowships. If you are interested in being sponsored for such an application, then please contact the relevant Subject Chair, copying in the Head of School ( You may be invited for an informal visit.

You can find further information about our policy for the recruitment of Research Fellows here.

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