Our science

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.

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.  

Get updates on Museum research, expeditions and collections