School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences prides itself in offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses across a wide range of scientific disciplines that range from basic life sciences disciplines such as Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology and Physiology to Nutrition, Human Health and Performance. We are a vibrant academic community in the heart of London with approximately 75 members of academic staff, 1200 undergraduate students and 170 post-graduate students (MSc and PhD).

Our teaching has that rare quality of being both practice-based and research-informed. The majority of our degree courses are supported by accreditations from the relevant professional bodies. We also offer a range of short courses that are designed to facilitate specialist training for health professionals. Members of academic staff are teachers and active researchers and also often have strong links with professional bodies and employers.

We have established expertise across our range of life scientific disciplines, allowing for innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches to both teaching and research. We also benefit from a central London location that enables teaching and research interactions with nearby universities, hospitals and other health providers. Members of staff have collaborative links with these local institutions and also more widely nationally and internationally. Our practice-based focus also ensures we have strong links with potential employers who work with us to inform course design and facilitate opportunities for student work placements.

We occupy modern laboratories with excellent facilities supporting cutting edge research in a number of disciplines including: molecular, cellular biology and genomic research, fermentation and biotechnology as well as human health and performance. Notable examples of internationally recognised research within the School include, but are not limited to, research on biopolymers and nanotechnology, obesity, cancer, inflammation, human exercise performance and aging, global health nutrition and health policy, social prescribing and resilience. MSc and PhD students, post-doctoral research assistants, technical services staff and academic members of staff all come together to support the research efforts of the School. Research is funded by grants from national and international funding bodies and also by industrial partnerships. A number of services are also offered to the public through our Polyclinic, human exercise and performance and blood sciences laboratories.

I very much look forward to welcoming you to join us as a student, research collaborator, employer or industrial partner.

Dr John Murphy
Acting Head of the School of Life Sciences