Our science


More than 300 scientists work here in earth and life sciences, our core research labs and library and archives.


An acclaimed research institution, we publish over 700 scientific papers a year with international collaborators.

80 million+

Our 80 million specimens span 4.5 billion years, from the formation of the solar system to the present day.

Our work

Discover how our combination of collections, expertise and technology allows us to answer key scientific questions. 


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

Digital Collections

We are digitising large parts of the collections and giving digital access to the data via our Data Portal.

Departments and staff

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

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.  

Get updates on Museum research, expeditions and collections