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Biomedical Laboratories

School of Clinical & Applied Sciences

Contributing to the health of the whole body

Our work is focussed on those aspects of the health sector that contribute to the health of the whole body. These disciplines include physiotherapy, sports therapy, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, environmental health, health and safety, and biomedical sciences. Most of our courses are accredited by a professional body - which demand an environment of high quality and progression into a range of professional careers; based on the University-based studies and associated work-based experiences our graduates have excellent employment rates in their chosen careers.

Our staff work across discipline boundaries to create a dynamic research community. The quality of our research in Biomedical Sciences, Musculoskeletal Health, Nutrition and Pain are strong, with our academic staff regularly publishing in respected peer-reviewed journals, including 'Nature' and ‘The Lancet’, and these are enriched by the work of leading research figures, such as Professor Pinkie Sahota, Professor Mark Johnson and Professor Gary Jones who is a leading figure in research into childhood obesity.

The quality and diversity of our research work has recommended us to leading institutions who have commissioned our work, including the Ministry of Defence and NHS, and several members of the School regularly bring their expertise to the public domain through Radio and TV.

Academic staff also remain active in their clinical practice and professional roles – including through our Environmental Health Consultancy Service, Occupational Therapy, Lifestyle and Wellbeing Service, Microbiology consultancy service and clinical roles across the NHS and with elite sports teams.

Our students recognise the value of being part of an academic community that brings research and teaching together, and record high levels of satisfaction with their student experience. This enthusiasm for collaboration extends beyond the School, which exploits the additional benefits of being part of a University that offers a wide range of subjects. For example, our Sports and Exercise Therapy students benefit from their course being co-delivered with the Carnegie School of Sport and the proximity to high performing sports students.

This approach, as well as access to specialist faculties, contributes to our students being successful in achieving high levels of employment post-graduation.

Subject Areas

Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition is a key area of activity for health professionals in the 21st century with the increasing recognition of the role of good nutrition in the prevention of diet related ill health including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults and children.
Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy
The MSc Occupational Therapy is an accelerated two year pre-registration programme accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
The Physiotherapy team offers two routes for physiotherapy pre-registration training - the three-year BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and the accelerated two-year MSc Physiotherapy. The courses are validated and approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health & Care Professions Council.
Sport and Exercise Therapy
Sport and Exercise Therapy
Both the BSc (Hons) Sports & Exercise Therapy and the MSc Sports Therapy are accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists, the lead organisation for sports therapists in the UK.

Continuing Professional Development

We recognise that every organisation needs to be adaptable, informed and agile in order to remain efficient and effective in times of constant change. Each year, our university helps to ensure more than 2,000 practising professionals keep up-to-date with the skills, knowledge an innovative practice they need.

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Our interdisciplinary school delivers teaching and research in physiotherapy, sport and exercise therapy, occupational therapy, osteopathy and biomedical sciences. Our state-of-the-art laboratories allow staff and students to undertake collaborative research in these areas with external partners across academia, clinical practice and industry.

Our Research

Graduate Success Stories

Emma O'HaraBSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, 2009

The tutors made learning really relaxed; they were easy to approach and really happy to explain areas where I wanted to know more.

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Acoustic Laboratories

We have the most comprehensive acoustic facility in the region, which includes specialist up-to-date measuring equipment, a reverberation room (52m³), an anechoic chamber (16m³) and an audiometry booth. Our equipment enables us to measure:

  • Sound power levels using ISO 3740.
  • Reverberation and other room acoustic parameters.

We also have tools to take field measurements of airborne and structure-borne sound insulation, and structural and human vibration.

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Biomedical Sciences Laboratories

Providing cutting edge facilities for undertaking biomedical bench research, consultancy and teaching, our modern, purpose built, multidisciplinary spaces contain the latest scientific equipment, with full Cat 2 microbiology facilities and two cell culture suites. The labs house a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment. 

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Clinical Skills Suite

Our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a variety of allied health professionals. We have seven skills and practice rooms (which can be combined into two larger rooms) containing specialist equipment, including:

  • Two and three-section couches, wall bars and mobile steps.
  • Cycle and rowing ergometers, gas analyser, body composition analyser and a range of anatomical models.
  • PEG feeding model and a range of adapted equipment for rehabilitation activities.
  • A range of high and medium fidelity human patient simulators, part-task trainers, video recording equipment and software for analysis and debriefing.

Our Community Living Area hosts a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bed, celling hoist, emergency lifting cushion, bariatric chair and a range of adapted equipment. We also have a number of dedicated practice rooms that enable the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardiovascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid.

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Food Inspection Laboratory 

Our hygienic laboratory can be used to develop practical food specimen inspection skills. 

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Nutrition Kitchen

Our kitchen adheres to professional kitchen regulations and has the capacity to accommodate 16 people based at 8 workstations.

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For Business

We offer a number of professional services for business. Whether you’re looking for collaboration on a project or are in need of expert consultancy we can more than meet your needs. We provide:

  • Consultancy.
  • Contract research (including service evaluation).
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
  • Access to modern facilities.
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Clinical and Applied Sciences

High-achieving students receive scholarship and mentorship

Two high-achieving students at Leeds Beckett University are celebrating after each being awarded a £1,000 scholarship and mentorship.