With around 350 staff and 4500 students, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences is the largest faculty at Oxford Brookes. Disciplines within the faculty include:

  • Biological and Medical Sciences,
  • Psychology,
  • Public Health,
  • Social Work,
  • Sport and Health Sciences,
  • Nursing,
  • Midwifery,
  • Allied Health Professions (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Paramedic Science).


We deliver a range of excellent undergraduate, postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and we have a strong research degree portfolio, delivered through a faculty-wide doctoral training programme. We are also proud to deliver a range of foundation degrees through partner colleges.


The faculty enjoyed a strong return to REF 2014 with key research strengths and impact in biosciences, psychology and rehabilitation/movement science.

We have an outstanding record for innovation and knowledge exchange. Oxford Brookes is in the top 10 universities for income generated from IP, from patents almost exclusively filed by biosciences. This has also generated 3 spin out companies and established a Bio Innovation Hub on campus.

We are home to the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery, run in partnership with our 2 local NHS trusts - Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Oxford Health Foundation Trust - under the umbrella of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC). The School’s mission is to become a world-class unit encompassing undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced clinical programmes, and to foster a vibrant and productive research culture through the Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR).


The faculty is currently benefiting from significant investment in which the main science building on the Headington Campus is partway through an £8M refurbishment to create state-of- the-art research and teaching spaces. In 2016 we saw the opening of our Oxford Brookes Centre for Bioimaging with world-class facilities for microscopy and imaging, as well as the move of our Swindon satellite campus into a new dedicated space within the Joel Joffe Building. Further developments are planned in the coming years.

Contact us

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

+44 (0) 1865 535200