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The Royal Society Endorsement for Global Talent (Peer Review)

For a Global Talent (Peer Review) Endorsement application, applicants must work in an approved research discipline. Here, we will look at who the endorsement application must be made to and which particular research disciplines are available to the applicant.


The applicant's field will determine which body the application must be made to:


1. British Academy - for humanities and social science

2. Royal Society - for science and medicine

3. Royal Academy of Engineering – (yes you guessed it) for engineering


The Royal Society Endorsement

All applicants must work in an approved research discipline. If the Home Office approved list does not have a research discipline which covers the applicant’s specialist field then they will not be able to make the application. However, given the list is quite extensive, it is likely at least one of the approved research disciplines would be applicable:

Anatomy, Physiology, Neurosciences, Health and Human Sciences

Astronomy and Physics, Theoretical Physics, and Applied Physics

  • ​Animal and Human Physiology and Anatomy

  • Behavioural Neuroscience

  • Cellular Neuroscience

  • Development and Control of Behaviour

  • Endocrinology and Reproduction (non-clinical)

  • Experimental Psychology

  • Pharmacology (non-clinical)

  • Physiology (non-clinical) (including biophysics of cells)

  • Physiology and Medicine (non-clinical)

  • Astronomy

  • Astrophysics

  • Biophysics

  • Computational Physics

  • Condensed Matter (including softmatter, liquids and nano-materials)

  • Cosmic Radiation

  • Cosmology

  • Crystallography

  • Elementary Particle Physics

  • Gravitation

  • Interstellar Medium

  • Lasers and Optoelectronics

  • Low temperature physics

  • Magnetism

  • Mathematical and theoretical physics

  • Mathematical Astronomy

  • Mathematical Astrophysics

  • Mathematical Cosmology

  • Mathematical Gravitation

  • Nuclear Atomic and Molecular Physics

  • Physics (Applied)

  • Physics (Experimental)

  • Planetary Science

  • Plasma Physics

  • Quantum Theory

  • Semi-conductors

  • Solar Physics

  • Statistical

Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology and Structural Biology

Chemistry, Applied Chemistry and Theoretical Chemistry

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Biophysics and Structural Biology

  • Cell Biology (including molecular cell biology)

  • Molecular Immunology

  • Molecular Microbiology

  • ​Applied Chemistry

  • Biological Chemistry

  • General Chemistry

  • Inorganic Chemistry

  • Materials Chemistry

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry

  • Theoretical Chemistry

Computer Science

Developmental Biology, Genetics (excluding population genetics), Immunology and Microbiology (excluding medical microbiology)

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Databases

  • Human-computing interaction

  • Machine Learning

  • New computational paradigms (quantum, biological)

  • Cellular and Humoral Immunology

  • Cellular Pathology

  • Cytogenetics

  • Developmental Biology

  • Epidemiology (non-clinical)

  • General Microbiology (including Bacteriology and Virology)

  • Genetics (excluding population genetics)

  • Immunology

Earth Sciences and Environmental Physical Sciences

Engineering, Technology, Instrumentation, Material Science and Experimental Fluid Dynamics

  • Archaeology

  • Atmospheric Chemistry

  • Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology

  • Chemical Oceanography

  • Climate Sciences

  • Geochemistry

  • Geodesy

  • Geology

  • Geophysics

  • Hydrology

  • Limnology

  • Mineralogy

  • Physical Geography

  • Physical Oceanography

  • Seismology

  • Aeronautical

  • Chemical

  • Civil

  • Communications (including information theory)

  • Computing Engineering (including software)

  • Control (including robotics)

  • Electrical

  • Electronics

  • Electric Power

  • Environmental

  • Fluid Dynamics

  • General

  • Instrumentation

  • Materials Science (including materials engineering)

  • Mechanical

  • Medical

  • Nuclear Technology

  • Opto-Electronic (including fibre optics components, lasers, optical computing, optical imagining and optical microscopy)

  • Semi-Conductors

  • Space Technology

  • Structural

Health and Human Sciences

Organismal, Evolutionary and Ecological Science, including soils and agriculture

  • Medical Instrumentation

  • Medical Microbiology

  • Medical Statistics and Demography

  • Molecular Medicine

  • Nutrition

  • Agricultural Science

  • Biological Modelling

  • Biological Statistics

  • Ecology

  • Entomology

  • Environmental Biology

  • Ethology

  • Evolution

  • Organismal Animal Biology (including invertebrate and vertebrate Zoology)

  • Palaeozoology

  • Parasitology

  • Plant Sciences/Botany

  • Population Genetics

  • Soil Science

  • Taxonomy and Systematics

Pure and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science

Those conducting Clinical research to include the following disciplines:

  • Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

  • Mechanics (Theoretical and Applied)

  • Pure Mathematics

  • Statistics and Operational Research

  • Anaesthetics

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Cardiology

  • Dental

  • Dermatology

  • Endocrinology

  • Gastroenterology

  • General Practice

  • Genetics (related to Human Health)

  • Haematology

  • Hepatology

  • Histopathology

  • Immunology (related to Human Health)

  • Infectious diseases and Tropical Medicine

  • Infection/Microbiology

  • Medical Education

  • Medical Statistics

  • Microbiology (related to Human Health)

  • Nephrology

  • Neurology

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • Occupational Medicine

  • Oncology

  • Paediatrics and Child Health

  • Palliative Medicine

  • Pathology

  • Pharmacology

  • Physicians/Medicine

  • Psychiatry

  • Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Radiology

  • Respiratory

  • Rheumatology

  • Surgery

  • Urology

  • Virology


If you are considering making a Global Talent Peer Review endorsement application to The Royal Society, one of our experienced immigration advisors will be able to guide you through the process.

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