School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

 School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences is part of the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, and offers courses relevant to individuals who wish to make a difference in science and health care. These include undergraduate programmes in Pharmacy (MPharm)BSc (Hons) Biology, BSc (Hons) Biomedical SciencesBSc (Hons) Pharmacology, BSc (Hons) Physiology & Pharmacology and BSc (Hons) 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.

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 has a PhD in pharmaceutics and is an expert on the stabilisation and formulation of proteins and the use of macromolecules as excipients. Rob was previously at the University of Bradford.

Pharmacology and Physiology is led by Professor Colin Davidson, FHEA with a PhD in Neuropharmacology and research interests in drug abuse, stroke and depression. Colin previously worked at St George’s University Medical School in London and Duke University in the USA.

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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, research-informed science education. The School enjoys a vibrant research culture focused on a number of key areas and is supported by excellent research facilities. Staff collaborate with Universities both in the UK and overseas in Brazil, China, India and Singapore. In addition to research-active academic staff, we have experienced practitioners, including biomedical scientists, community and hospital pharmacists who bring real world experience of NHS practice to the course. We continue to invest in our facilities with over £10 million spent on the School since 2007 so that students can study in state-of-the-art teaching areas. We are currently undertaking a £250,000 refurbishment of our Pharmacy Practice Suite. 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.

Global research culture

The creation of the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences allows multidisciplinary teams of basic and research active clinicians to work together to achieve an effective and sustainable critical mass. The Faculty is well placed to exploit exciting new multidisciplinary approaches to translational academic research to have a real impact on society. The Faculty has the vision of an integrated discovery path from bench to bedside along with appropriate research facilities and collaborations.

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Teaching Excellence

You will be taught by active researchers and biomedical scientists with strong industrial links.

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State-of-the-art Facilities

You will study in industry standard facilities including ultramodern scientific laboratories, with access to fantastic learning resources to support your learning

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Accredited courses

The BSc Biomedical Science degree has enjoyed over 10 years accreditation with the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science course is accredited/approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the IBMS and the National School of Healthcare Science, as part of Health Education England, and has guaranteed work placements within the NHS.

Our MPharm (Hons) degree, which has full six years accreditation, ensures that you will have the right knowledge, skills and attributes to be a key member of the healthcare team. We will help you to become a pharmacy professional with expert knowledge, who will act as the patients advocate whilst enhancing your ability to be a scholar. You’ll study aspects of medicine development and use, from how medicines are made to how they work on the body and ensuring that patients receive the best possible care. You will have regular contact with patients in the classroom to ensure you develop patient-centred care, as this is at the heart of everything that we do. You will also participate in inter-professional learning engagement sessions, working alongside medical, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, healthcare science, physicians’ associates, and social care students.

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


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.

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, inter-professional learning, guest speakers, patient interaction, research internships and overseas study trips – all with the intention of developing the next generation of science and healthcare professionals.