School of Life Sciences
The School of Life Sciences is a dynamic and forward looking School within the University. It has grown steadily since it was founded in 1989. There are currently 48 academic staff in the School as well as a research fellow and over 40 research students.
The success of the School of Life Sciences has been based on the quality of its teaching and the comprehensive range of courses that it offers. The School's largest provision is in the area of Biomedical Science with both Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science programmes. Both of these courses are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and graduates are well prepared to work in a variety of areas, including hospital pathology laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and research laboratories.
The School participates in the South West London Academic Network (SWan) with St George's University of London and Royal Holloway University of London. SWan currently deliver the MSc Biotechnology. Students on this SWan course have the opportunity to take Modules from our SWan partners as part of their academic programme.
The School has invested heavily in the development of its own laboratories for teaching and research into subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, histology, immunology, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology, physiology, radiotracer studies and sports science (including biomechanics and an environmental testing chamber) and specialist instrumentation laboratories. Undergraduate students' carryout a project during their final year which allows them to undertake an independent study into a specific topic of relevance to their degree. Some students may also have the opportunity to carry out their projects whilst on placement in an external laboratory.
In summary, the School of Life Sciences has a diverse range of courses taught by well qualified academics that are designed to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in the modern world. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.
- Professionally recognised courses - both our BSc and MSc in Biomedical Science are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and our Nutrition degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.
- Excellent Teaching Quality - we achieved 24 out of 24 in the last QAA audit of Biosciences and 22 out of 24 in Sports Science.
- We offer a wide range of courses within the biosciences with foundation year (Level 3) entry for non-standard/mature applicants.
- Excellent links with a range of partner institutions including St Georges University of London and Royal Holloway University of London.
- Many of our undergraduate degrees available with a sandwich year option allowing you to gain valuable work experience as part of your course.
- We have good international links with the possibility on the majority of our courses to study abroad in the Europe, North America or Australia.