Research in natural sciences

The Faculty of Natural Sciences 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. 

Aquaculture

Biological and Environmental Sciences

Computing Science and Mathematics

Psychology

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

Institute of 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.

News

Diversifying fish species and sources provide a flexible pathway to food and nutrition security

Diversifying fish species and sources provide a flexible pathway to food and nutrition security

Scientists from the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture and WorldFish publish findings from their latest study on pond polyculture.

Climate key to determining dead plant decomposition and predicting carbon emissions

Climate key to determining dead plant decomposition and predicting carbon emissions

A new study from the University of Stirling, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, has found that climate is the dominant driver in determining how quickly dead plants decompose, allowing scientists to make more accurate predictions about carbon emissions and climate change globally.

Events

Postgraduate On-campus Open Day - 29 March 2023

Postgraduate On-campus Open Day - 29 March 2023

University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Learn more about our diverse range of Masters courses and PhD opportunities, explore our stunning campus, and spend invaluable time with our staff and students to get a taste of what life at Stirling is really like.

Contact the Faculty of Natural Sciences