Our science

Our work

Discovery, origins and evolution

We are studying the key transitions in the evolution of life on Earth and predicting the impact of environmental change in the future.

Anthropocene and sustainability

Our expertise in taxonomy, systematics and mineralogy is driving research aimed at securing the future of our food, health and natural materials.

UK biodiversity

We are developing new molecular and digital tools for discovering biodiversity.


Find out why our 80 million specimens are a globally important resource for scientific reference and research.

Science departments and staff

Meet the 350 scientific staff at the heart of our world-class research and collections.

Library and Archives

Explore one of the world's finest collections of natural history literature, artwork, photographs and manuscripts.

Core research labs and consulting

Discover how specialist staff prepare, analyse and interpret samples in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Courses and students

Undertake professional and postgraduate training including PhD, MSc and MRes courses in our areas of expertise.  

The life of a Museum scientist

Read the latest blog posts from our scientists.

Digital collections

We are digitising large parts of the collections and giving online access to the data.