Life Sciences

The Department of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster is based at our Cavendish Campus in central London. With students from all around the world, we are a very international department in one of the top 100 most international Universities in the world.

The department comprises of three divisions, which cover interlinked areas of expertise and which aim to explore the sciences of life and of human health.

Herbal and East Asian Medicine (HEAM)

Lead by Felicity Moir.

This team focuses on the evidence-informed application of herbal products (Western and Eastern), and of physical interventions (acupuncture and massage) in the support of human health. The courses in HEAM base their programme in the teaching clinic (Polyclinic), which provides a safe and powerful learning environment, to support the development of students into independent practitioners.

Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Applied Biology (BPAB)

Lead by Sharron McEldowney.

This team explores fundamental and applied aspects of the biological sciences, ranging from basic biochemistry through to environmental science, biotechnology and pharmacology. The courses in BPAB are informed and supported by research within the Faculty and in collaboration with researchers at other national and international institutions.

Food Nutrition and Public Health (FNPH)

Lead by Alizon Draper.

This team explores the inter-relationships between nutrition, diet, physical activity and exercise, and the implications of these for human health and wellbeing and development of public health interventions and strategies. The courses in FNPH are supported by high-calibre experienced staff, and students will benefit from state-of-the-art lab facilities.

Research groups

Research groups within this department and their particular areas of interest are as follows.

Department-wide groups

HEAM research groups

BPAB research groups

FNPH research groups

Department members

Department members have extensive expertise in their fields, both theoretical and applied. Many staff are engaged in lab-based research, while others are actively exploring their specialist practice areas, with industry government departments and intergovernmental agencies. The output of this research is published in subject-appropriate, high-ranking journals and other outlets.

The department is fortunate in enjoying the input from a wide range of visiting lecturers across many subject areas, including experienced private practitioners, outside researchers, plus industry, and government representatives.

The department has strong links with several professional bodies, including the Association for Nutrition, the Institute of Biomedical sciences (IBMS), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and the European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA).


Find out more about our bioscience courses.


Complementary Medicine

Find out more about our complimentary medicine courses.

Healthy fruit and vegetables


Find out about our nutrition courses

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