Laboratories in Biomedical and Life Sciences

About Us

A unique blend of biomedical, medical, and social science expertise.


As the Dean, I am delighted to introduce the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University.

We offer undergraduate courses in medicine and in biomedical and life sciences, taught and research-based postgraduate programmes, opportunities for doctoral research, including professional doctorates, and a wide range of options for continuing professional development.

Our staff are very committed to teaching – and this is regularly borne out by the level of satisfaction expressed by students in the National Student Survey.

The Faculty is committed to pursuing world class research. It brings together biomedical, medical, and social science researchers to tackle key challenges of the 21st Century within health and medicine.

Ranked third in our field in the 2014 Research Assessment Framework on the 'intensity weighted' score, equal first in 'research environment' and in the top 10 for 'research power', the Faculty offers an ideal academic environment to study or to develop your research career.

Our high quality research and our commitment to teaching and to working with the health and care sectors means that the Faculty is influencing practice and thinking across a broad spectrum – for example:

  • how best to support people as they age and reach the end of their lives
  • interventions to address serious mental illness
  • how health inequalities can be addressed
  • how best to model the spread of communicable disease
  • improving our understanding of infections that have huge global impact

The Faculty was proud to achieve an Athena Swan Bronze Award (operated by The Equality Challenge Unit) in 2012 and the Athena Swan Silver Award in 2014.

If you are interested in working or studying with us, this website offers further information about what we do, or call +44 (0)1524 593169.

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone

Dean, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Jo Rycroft-Malone with brown wavy hair, glasses smiling.
Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone OBE - Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Medicine

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Athena SWAN

Since 2014, the Faculty of Health and Medicine has held the Athena SWAN Silver Award, recognising our commitment to advancing the careers of women in higher education and research.

Athena SWAN