Glasgow Caledonian University is a distinctive, inclusive and forward-looking university that is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. We have become an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in our graduates. We win awards for our support and commitment to the student experience, whilst delivering innovation through our world-class research in key areas of strength. We have a tradition of widening access to higher education for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds, and we leverage our intellectual and social capital for the benefit of the communities we serve in Scotland and internationally.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good.

We aim to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of a university. GCU’s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life and delivered by students and staff across academic schools and departments.

Welcome to the School of Health and Life Sciences

The School of Health and Life Sciences, one of three academic schools in GCU, brings together the departments of Life Sciences, Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences and Nursing and Community Health.

Working in partnership with our staff, students and external stakeholders, the School of Health and Life Sciences has created a unifying vision designed to meet the 2020 University Strategy, embedding excellence, engagement and energy into every aspect of school life.

Our School brings together the departments of Life Sciences, Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences and Nursing and Community Health. Inter-departmental collaboration allows the School to offer an unparalleled range of teaching programmes and flexible delivery options, research, bespoke training and consultancy services across the health, social care and life sciences sectors.

The School has more than 280 academics including Professors, Readers, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, and Research Assistants. We received an outstanding 93% student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey. We have over 4000 students from all over the world including the UK, Canada, Myanmar, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh. They are a highly valued and integral part of our academic community.

We are committed to innovative, engaging and inter-professional education for all of our students. This is underpinned by our world-class facilities and cutting-edge research. The success of our methodology is demonstrated by our outstanding National Student Survey results.

Research Excellence

Excellence in teaching and research, top academics, supportive and stimulating learning environment in a wide range of areas – from Food Biosciences to Nursing.

Our Research

In REF 2014, we ranked in the top 20 in the UK for health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards. Find out about our award-winning academics and vibrant research community.

Our Facilities

We offer students and businesses access to state-of-the-art learning and research facilities across all our departments.

Our Departments

The strengths of the School of Health and Life Sciences and the associated Institute of Applied Health Research lie in our professional expertise, multidisciplinary team-based service delivery, and strict adherence to regulatory standards that require partnerships with the public, and commercial and non-governmental organisations.

Our school's commitment to excellence and collaboration ensures we are on the cutting edge of undergraduate, postgraduate and research practice and knowledge, inspired by an individual and collective wish to contribute to the improvement of health and well-being.

Our school offers a breadth of theoretical knowledge, practice skills and educational engagement spanning community to bench to business and bedside, and back into the community, and supported by ongoing investment in our people and facilities.

The school consists of three departments subdivided into academic subject groups:

  • Department of Nursing and Community Health
  • Department of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences
  • Department of Life Sciences

Practice Academic Careers

Our policy of supporting Practice/Clinical Academic Careers across all disciplines is fundamental to the School of Health and Life Sciences. These are embedded in our mission towards the Common Weal and underpin our commitment to ensuring that practice, both clinical and academic, drives our learning and our research.

Our ongoing aim is to establish our School as a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence, with Clinical Academic Research Careers and Practice Education Academic Careers forming a key element in this vision.

The School’s clinical academic practitioners successfully integrate clinical knowledge, skills, research and education in their specialist area to benefit patients/clients and learners, and to enhance service delivery.

Through our Clinical Academic Research Careers and Practice Education Academic Careers, the School of Health and Life Sciences engages in real-world research and education to answer genuine dilemmas in practice and questions raised by those at the forefront of service and care delivery. Practice drives our learning and research, and our research provides evidence which is implemented into practice to benefit patients/clients, communities, health and social care services.

Supporting practice academic careers

The Clinical Academic Research and Practice Education Academic practitioners represent all the disciplines in the School of Health and Life Sciences, and are members of established research groups in the Institute for Applied Health Research, with its associated infrastructure and research impacts. They fulfil key roles in generating important research questions from practice and in working to ensure the new evidence shapes and influences service delivery as well as health and social care policy. The School has practice/clinical academic research practitioners and practices education academic practitioners in the areas of:

  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiology
  • Vision Sciences – Optometry, Orthoptics
  • Operating Department Practice

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

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Glasgow Caledonian University - The School of Health and Life Sciences

This programme provides a stimulating and challenging education in applied psychology using real-life examples and is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS ... [+]

In Psychology, we describe, explain and predict thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

The focus of this degree is to apply the core psychological material of research methods, cognitive, social, developmental, personality and biological psychology to real-life applications.

You will cover all areas of applied psychology with a focus on mental health, forensic, counseling and health psychology. You can choose to exit with a named degree in BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Counselling), (Forensic) or (Health), provided you take specific modules.

Modules are taught through various specialist laboratories, seminars and lectures and all students take a work-based learning in psychology module where they relate work experience to psychological theory.... [-]

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Graduates go on to careers in research and development, for example in research institutes or in industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotech. ... [+]

The Cell and Molecular Biology programme focuses on how human cells function in health and disease. The surge in biotechnology industries in Scotland has led to predictions of a rise in employment in this sector and excellent career prospects for graduates.

Knowing how molecules, cells and organs interact enables biologists to more fully understand the factors that control cell growth and division, what makes some individuals more susceptible to disease than others and the development of more accurate diagnostic methods and new drug therapies or cures.

The programme covers physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics, cellular communication, drug action and molecular medicine. You will engage in high levels of practical scientific work improving your laboratory skills, including a five-day practical molecular biology workshop.... [-]

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This is the only Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)-approved Food Bioscience programme in Scotland. ... [+]

Food Bioscience is the application of biological and related sciences to food issues; food bioscientists are much in demand to ensure food quality, safety and security.

This is the only Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) - approved Food Bioscience programme in Scotland; it satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Institute. It is also approved by the Royal Environment Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) to meet the pre-registration academic standard for the Scottish Food Safety Officers' Registration Board.

We are the only institution in Scotland to offer this type of programme and have the strongest emphasis of any Scottish university on food and its development. You will learn about food composition, the effect of chemicals and additives on consumers and food safety as well as genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, and nutrition, combined with key industry skills and an understanding of food legislation.... [-]

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This fascinating and varied programme can lead to careers in healthcare, food and water industries, biotechnology, the environment, pharmaceuticals, and research. ... [+]

Microbiology is the study of organisms that are too small to be seen by the naked eye but which have a profound effect on our lives.

Microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, and protozoa can sometimes be harmful and cause infectious diseases. Others are beneficial and are exploited by biotechnology industries to produce food, alcoholic drinks, and drugs.

Until recently many clinicians thought of the diseases caused by microorganisms as largely being solved. This assessment was too optimistic and microbiology is re-emerging as a critical science to face new challenges from organisms that no longer respond to conventional antibiotic treatment or vaccination programmes.... [-]

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Glasgow Caledonian University - The School of Health and Life Sciences

This programme allows you to qualify as a social worker, eligible for professional registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and other UK Care Council ... [+]

Social work is a rewarding but challenging career, allowing you to work with people from all backgrounds, and covering everyone from children to older adults. It's all about supporting those individuals in society who need help underpinned by a commitment to social justice.

What does being a social worker in the 21st century involve? A recent report called for social work professionals to become more autonomous and critically reflective - these elements are at the heart of this programme.

The BA (Hons) Social Work Programme offers a research-informed, challenging and comprehensive curriculum that enables students to develop as critically aware and effective social workers across all areas of practice. We use a wide range of innovative teaching methods that allow students to build the requisite knowledge, skills, and values for social work; this includes extensive contributions to teaching and learning from our partners in the local authority, voluntary and third sector agencies.... [-]

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