Department of Life Sciences

Join our diverse Life Sciences community, whose leading academics are dedicated to understanding and improving the living world through ground-breaking advances in scientific research.

Our outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are divided into four main areas of study: anthropology, ecology, health sciences, and sport and exercise science. Whether you want to gain an insight into humanity, conserve animal diversity, improve our overall health by studying diseases or nutrition, or optimise athlete’s sport performance, we have the ideal programmes for your career ambitions.

You will be taught by passionate and leading academics, who are at the forefront of their fields and have excellent industry partnerships.


We offer an outstanding range of undergraduate programmes including Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Nutrition and Health, Social Anthropology, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sport Psychology, and Zoology.

We also offer two new integrated masters courses that combine Undergraduate and Masters-level study in Zoology or Biological Sciences.

View our engaging range of postgraduate courses.

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Our teaching is constantly updated to reflect current scientific advances, to help you gain the skills relevant to your future employment and the needs of society.

Your lecturers are experienced and published researchers in their areas of teaching; they can give you practical advice based on their first-hand experience. 

You will be taught in specialist modern biomedical, ecology and nutrition laboratories; our state-of-art sport performance centre; and on a variety of external field trips to get hands-on experience while you study.



The department hosts a high calibre of research from our own staff and alumni who have published their work in a variety of journals.

See our staff profiles to see their published work.

Our various areas of research are grouped into four centres dedicated to getting deeper insights into evolutionary and social anthropology, ecology, sports and exercise science and health sciences.

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What our students say

Andria Joseph, BA Biomedical Sciences

"My degree has made me more knowledgeable about the world of science and developed my passion for medicine and research."

Andria Joseph
BSc Biomedical Sciences

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