School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

pharmacy students 

The newly restructured School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences is now part of the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, and offers courses across a number of fields that are relevant to individuals who wish to make a difference in science and health care. These include undergraduate programmes in pharmacy (MPharm) and BSc Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology & Physiology, Biological Sciences and Healthcare Sciences. We currently employ over 50 teaching staff, the majority of whom are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are studying towards this.

Our Head of School Professor Peter Seville, joined the University in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), has a DPharm in pharmaceutics and undertakes research in the field of drug delivery, focusing on delivering drugs to the lung. He also has particular interests in healthcare law and ethics, veterinary pharmacy and healthcare education.

The School has four overall themes: Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacology & Physiology and Biomedical Sciences which are led by four newly appointed professors.

Pharmaceutics is led by Professor Rob Forbes, who is a FHEA, has a PhD in pharmaceutics and is an expert on the stabilisation and formulation of proteins and the use of macromolecules as excipients.

Pharmacy Practice is led by Professor Paul Rutter who is a pharmacist, FHEA and with a PhD in community pharmacy, his area of research expertise is in clinical reasoning, diagnostic skills of pharmacists and improving service delivery to patients.

Pharmacology and Physiology is led by Professor Colin Davidson, FHEA with a PhD in Neuropharmacology and research interests in drug abuse, stroke and depression.

Biosciences is led by Professor Francis (Frank) Martin who joined us from Lancaster University. Alongside an extensive research track record in bio-imaging, cancer aetiology, neurodegenerative disease and toxicology, he also has strong teaching experience in biomedical sciences and toxicology.


About the School

Research active professional staff

Our well-qualified and accessible staff are committed to working with students and providing the very best in modern science education. In addition to our research-active academic staff, we have experienced practitioners, including biomedical scientists, community and hospital pharmacists. We continue to invest in our courses and over £10 million has been spent on the School since 2007 so that students can study in state-of-the-art teaching areas. Our excellent practical and research laboratories constantly evolve to ensure they are in line with modern industry practice, having recently been further enhanced by the impressive purpose-built JB Firth Building.

Excellent teaching and student experience

Excellent teaching and student experience is at the very core of the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. Students are provided with a range of opportunities alongside their studies, including placements, guest speakers, research internships and overseas study trips – all with the intention of developing the next generation of science and healthcare professionals.

Accredited courses

The BSc Biomedical Science degree has enjoyed over 10 years accreditation with the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and MPharm was fully accredited in 2011 by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC); who made a number of commendations during their visit: “The accreditation team would like to commend UCLan on the coherence of the course with its excellent horizontal and vertical integration…the team was impressed by the number, breadth (including hospital and high street pharmacy) and quality of the undergraduate student placements, as well as their distribution across all years of the course."


The laboratory facilities in the School are of an extremely high standard. Constant review of our practical and research laboratories enable us to provide a wide range of experimental facilities as part of our teaching programmes. Ongoing investment into our facilities has recently seen over £500K spent equipping its state-of-the-art pharmaceutics laboratory facilities, as well of the introduction of the £14-million JB Firth Building.

Patient Public Engagement

The School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences here at the University of Central Lancashire work in collaboration with Comensus, a service user and carer group who help to inform students by sharing their personal healthcare experiences. The School realises the importance of patient public engagement within teaching and the added value that it gives to our students. The involvement of Comensus gives the students first-hand experience and knowledge which grows in complexity as they progress through the years. The patients focus on their conditions, treatment, experiences within the health care profession and the adjustments they have had to make to their lifestyles. They also help to design and develop the curriculum, help with assessment and recruitment of new students. This integration enhances the students understanding and allows them to become more patient centred practitioners.

For more information view the 'What is PPE' video

Global research culture

The School enjoys a vibrant research culture that informs our teaching. Research activity is focused on a number of key areas and is supported by excellent research facilities. Collaborations exist both within the UK and overseas in Brazil, China, India and Singapore.

student in the lab


The School has developed a research-led culture within the field of pharmacy and biomedical sciences based on a multidisciplinary approach, with thematic research focused on areas of importance in biomedicine, pharmaceutical sciences and practice.

In the 2014 Research Exercise Framework assessment results, almost 60% of our Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy research was rated of world-leading or internationally-excellent standard. All of our academics are research active and our research guides our teaching content.

Visit our Research home page for more information.