Research in natural sciences

The Faculty of Natural Sciences's research tackles global challenges in issues such as food security, changing environments, behaviour and evolution, digital economies and biodiversity.

We’re internationally renowned for our natural science research that explores the complex interrelationships between human behaviours, technologies, and biological, environmental and aquatic systems.

Find out more about our postgraduate research in natural sciences.

Research areas

PhD opportunities in Natural Sciences

We offer a vibrant, supportive environment for postgraduate researchers in natural sciences. Take a closer look at the subject areas we offer PhD supervision in and find out how to apply. 


Biological and Environmental Sciences

Computing Science and Mathematics


Research Spotlights

River Thames, London
Research Spotlight

Saving Europe's freshwaters

Find out how our research has been critical to implementing major new policies to repair tens of thousands of water bodies across Europe.

aquaculture farm
Research Spotlight

Aquaculture research

Our Institute of Aquaculture's priorities reflect a global interest in understanding how aquaculture can support the rapidly increasing human population without depleting wild-fish stocks.


RSE announces two new Stirling Fellows

RSE announces two new Stirling Fellows

Two University of Stirling Professors have been elected as Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Researchers explore aquaculture’s progress over the past two decades

Researchers explore aquaculture’s progress over the past two decades

A study involving the University of Stirling has explored the progress of the aquaculture industry over the last 20 years - highlighting an important move towards sustainable growth and pointing to even more opportunity for development.


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