Sciences

  • research in all scientific areas rated world leading in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
  • postgraduate study in a range of scientific disciplines
  • internationally recognised sciences faculty
  • our interdisciplinary approach crosses traditional subject boundaries

Sussex offers exciting research opportunities for postgraduate study in a wide variety of related scientific disciplines. The University has been home to the research of three Nobel Prize winners in science and the winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize (in biosciences). We also currently have 14 Fellows of the Royal Society on our staff.

Sussex offers many opportunities for research and activity that cross subject boundaries both within the sciences and across the University to the arts and social sciences. One of the driving forces in our current research is the interdisciplinary approach to the pursuit of knowledge at the important interfaces between subjects.


Professor Liz Hill, Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Sussex, uses trace chemical profiling techniques to identify the structures of estrogenic and androgenblocking chemicals present in the environment.

Enhancing lifelong health and well-being

We live in a world contaminated by mixtures of man-made chemicals, many of which can have long-term effects on wildlife and human health. Some environmental contaminants can disrupt the endocrine system of animals resulting in sexual dysfunction and a reduction in fertility. 

Professor Liz Hill, Professor of Environmental Toxicology at Sussex, uses trace chemical profiling techniques to identify the structures of estrogenic and androgen-blocking chemicals present in the environment. Her research (funded by the European Commission and the Natural Environment Research Council) has shed new light on how chemicals present in wastewater effluents cause feminisation of male fish in UK rivers.