The School of Natural Sciences and Psychology is part of the Faculty of Science, one of five faculties across the University. It was formerly two Schools, the School of Biological and Earth Sciences and the School of Psychology. The new School of Natural Sciences and Psychology was formed in 2008 with the Natural Sciences section situated in the James Parsons Building on Byrom Street, a site we share with other Schools in the Faculties of Science and Technology & Environment. The Psychology section has recently relocated from the Henry Cotton Building to the purpose built Tom Reilly Building.
During the summer, students from TAR College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia visit us to top their advanced diplomas up to the level of an honours degree in Chemistry & Biology (this programme is run jointly with the School of Pharmacy & Chemistry). We also have a number of postgraduate research students studying for MPhil and PhD degrees.
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Natural Sciences research activities are extensive and broadly fall into two categories. The Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology was established in 2004 and has an international reputation for exciting discoveries and the application of novel research techniques in the Old and New World. Members investigate the ecological contexts and behavioural mechanisms of human movement in comparative and evolutionary perspective. They have recently published in Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology and the International and American Journal of Primatology. The other main area of research activity comes under the Ecology, Evolution and the Environment theme.
Here, both theoretical and empirical approaches are applied to the study of ecology and evolution in different disturbed and natural environments such as the Arctic, contaminated urban sites, agricultural land and oceanic and continental islands. Recent findings have been published in influential scientific journals such as American Naturalist, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Molecular Ecology, and Global Change Biology. Research grants and external contracts fund activities in the two areas and ensure continuity of current lines of research.
Psychology research staff at LJMU produce quality research in a range of areas in psychology and applied psychology, such as human factors, cognition, developmental psychology, health psychology, consciousness and transpersonal psychology, and substance abuse. Click here for more information regarding Psychology Research.
Psychology is not a vocational programme in the sense that you are not locked into a career route from the beginning but are provided with a broad base of knowledge and skills that will allow you to progress to an MSc course, PhD or to a professional career in areas such as Occupational, Educational, Health, or Clinical Psychology. Moreover, Psychology provides an excellent foundation for a PGCE, Teaching, Lecturing, Human Resources, Management, Media, Police, Business, and Counselling etc.
We have extensive links with employers and potential employers of our Natural Sciences students through our professional training and work-based learning schemes. A number of staff are also engaged in professional consultancy work with environmental organisations. We have strong links with Chester Zoo , The Poulton Project and with a number of local and national environmental organisations including Natural England, local authorities, the Mersey Forest and the Wildlife Trusts.