The Faculty of Science boasts a long history of excellence in basic research and a team of outstanding scholars from around the world with a wide range of research expertise. We have about 120 professorial staff, 500 postgraduate students and comparable numbers of postdoctoral researchers and research staff. In recent years, the Faculty has also placed increasing emphasis on and achieved remarkable progress in applied and strategic areas of research.

The goal of the Faculty is to train the next generation of science and scientifically aware graduates and through its teaching and research to add significantly to scientific knowledge and practice.

The Faculty brings together one School and five Departments, namely, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics and Actuarial Sciences. Three of our Faculty members are members of Chinese Academy of Sciences and many are recipients of national and international awards and fellowships.

We have a State Key Laboratory in Synthetic Chemistry and two Areas of Excellence in research funded by the Research Grants Council, they are in the areas of Theory-Modeling and Simulation of Emerging Electronics and Molecular Materials. We also have three research centres: The Centre of Theoretical and Computational Physics, The Institute of Mathematical Research and The Swire Institute of Marine Science.

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