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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 Mark Johnson, Professor Gary Jones and Professor Pinkie Sahota 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.

Leeds International Festival 2019

Leeds International Festival lit up our city with new ideas, concepts and innovation between 2 May and 12 May 2019. The university was proud to be intrinsically involved as a festival partner, curating and presenting a series of thought-provoking events and coordinating student participation in the delivery of the festival. #LEEDSINTFEST

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of our Physiotherapy graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17

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Overall Satisfaction on our Dietetics course

Source: National Student Survey 2019

Students at accommodation

of our Sports and Exercise Therapy graduates are in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17

Students at accommodation

Overall Satisfaction on our Physiotherapy course

Source: National Student Survey 2019

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Times Higher Education LBU ranking for Clinical, pre-clinical and health

Subject Areas

Biomedical Sciences
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Biomedical Scientists play a key role in modern healthcare through studying the human body in health and disease. As well as the multidisciplinary BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences, you can choose to study one of our four specialist pathways: Medical Biochemistry, Molecular Biotechnology, Pharmacological Sciences or Medical Microbiology.
Nutrition and Dietetics
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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.
Safety and Environmental Health
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We run courses and deliver CPD and consultancy in the areas of Acoustics, Environmental Health and Health and Safety. All our UG and PG courses are accredited by either the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health or the Institute of Acoustics.
Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences
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The Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Sciences team incorporates the studies of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sports therapy and sport and exercise medicine. The team have expertise in physical activity, exercise, health promotion and lifestyle management to foster healthy living.
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Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp is Dean of the School of Clinical & Applied Sciences at Leeds Beckett University

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Transforming childhood nutrition: "Professionals and parents must work together to get young people up for a lifetime of good health." - Professor Pinki Sahota - School of Clinical & Applied Sciences
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Our Research

Our interdisciplinary School delivers teaching and research across all of our Subjects, with specific strengths highlighted through our research Centres and groups

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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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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.

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.

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.

Nutrition Kitchen

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

For Business

We offer a number of professional services for business. Whether you’re looking for collaboration on a project, in need of expert consultancy, or you are looking for state-of-the-art equipment and professional spaces to hire for training and workshops, we can more than meet your needs. We provide:

  • Consultancy
  • Contract research (including service evaluation)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Access to modern facilities

Our range of Clinical & Applied Sciences facilities can be hired for the purpose of training and delivering workshops – from clinical simulation to food inspection, health and safety, interview skills, and testing of sound equipment. 

For any enquiries, please contact Julian Sorrell:



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Runners: how to stay in shape for race day

With the race fast approaching, Dr Peter Francis from Leeds Beckett University’s School of Clinical & Applied Sciences offers some top tips for Leeds Half Marathon runners.

Biomedical plaudits for Leeds Beckett

Leeds Beckett University’s Biomedical Sciences courses have become the latest of just a handful of university courses to be accredited by both the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

Physio technique found to reduce pain for cancer patients

Thousands of cancer patients could receive life-enhancing physiotherapy treatment thanks to new research by a Leeds Beckett PhD student, funded by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

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