Department profile

School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Liverpool John Moores University
2018/19 edition

About School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Liverpool John Moores University’s (LJMU) has an international reputation for impactful research and high quality teaching. The broad range of disciplines we bring together in the School means that our staff and students have unique opportunities to gain knowledge and conduct research across different fields within natural sciences and psychology.

We welcome students from over 100 different countries and work in collaboration with businesses, professional bodies and educational institutions from all over the world showing how diverse LJMU is.

  • 80-strong academic team, including world leading experts in a number of fields
  • 94% of research activity conducted by the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology is rated world-leading or internationally important*
  • In 2016, LJMU became the first University to receive two commended judgements in the Higher Education Review by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

* Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

“The whole course is very hands on, which helps you to really understand the lecture topics. The lecturers are very open and approachable and help with questions. The course covers a wide range of anthropological and forensic topics and has a good mixture of theory and practice. It prepares students well for further education or a full time job.”

Teresa Margaux Runge, Forensic Anthropology MSc Graduate

Our facilities

New state-of-the-art science laboratories and excellent teaching spaces means we offer students and researchers world class facilities.

The Life Science Research Building has undergone a £7 million refurbishment programme, creating new laboratories and installing state-of-the-art equipment. We have a purpose built osteology laboratory which holds collections of human skeletal remains for study and research, as well as associated imaging equipment and software.

We also have:

  • Geophysics equipment for exploring burial contexts
  • Psychophysiology labs with equipment such as facial recognition software, GSR transducer sets and electro-oculogram amplifier
  • Sensory and Affective Neuroscience lab
  • Driving simulator
  • Appetite Research lab
  • Human performance testing lab

Impactful research

LJMU’s School of Natural Sciences and Psychology has two research centres – the research centre for Brain and Behaviour and the research centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology.

Our expertise lies in the disciplines of anthropology, animal behaviour, psychology and neuroscience, neurobiology, evolutionary and environmental genetics, epigenetics, ecology, geography, climate change and environmental sustainability.

Our research centre in Evolutionary Anthropology Palaeoecology is a member of the AESOP Erasmus Mundus Consortium, and is the only UK-based participant. This consortium provides training exchanges to encourage collaboration between different sectors.

We have also established close ties with leading organisations and charities such as:

  • Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme
  • Zoological Society of London
  • WWF
  • Chester Zoo
  • Mersey Forest
  • Wildlife Trust
  • NHS
  • Pain Relief Foundation
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Unilever

Postgraduate study and research opportunities

We offer a range of taught and research Postgraduate programmes at LJMU – all delivered by academics actively involved in ground-breaking research.

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  • Postgraduate Research opportunities to achieve a MPhil or PhD

All our programmes offer an innovative, research-led, employability-focused experience to challenge and support students.


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Contact details

[email protected]
0151 231 2888
School of Natural Sciences and Psychology
Faculty of Science
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3AF
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