The Department of Life Sciences offers degrees and research opportunities in five key areas:

We are home to more than a thousand undergraduates, a vibrant community of postgraduate taught students, and a thriving research culture, with more than 70 PhD students and a large number of externally funded research projects.

Our Biomedical Science programme, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Institute of Biomedical Science, is one of the largest in the UK. Our courses in Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing are accredited by the General Optical Council, while Orthoptics is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council; these programmes are unique in Scotland. 77.4% of our Biomedical and Vision Sciences submission was at least internationally recognised in RAE 2008.

The department is committed to the pursuit of excellence in learning and teaching, research, knowledge development and commercialisation, and we work with the Institute of Applied Health Research and other departments within the School of Health and Life Sciences to enhance our research further.

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