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School of Health Sciences


Our programmes are led by distinguished professors, and we have five medical doctors, together with a team of research active academics, all of whom are publishing in research journals and books. This helps create an environment which promotes research informed teaching. It is what universities are about - where the academics create new knowledge which is then directly integrated into the teaching. This ensures that our students not only understand the fundamental theories and concepts, but also exposes them to the most recent ideas, debates and discussions in the field. It ensures that our courses are highly relevant, covering current issues and real-life problems.

Our programmes are also extremely practical and our students become familiar with a range of contemporary techniques and analysis, honing their skills in research through the dissertation and research projects. In addition, students attend field trips and educational visits, as well as being encouraged to undertake work placements and study abroad experiences. This creates highly employable, confident graduates who are at the forefront of their discipline.

The School also has established a range of postgraduate courses, including MSc programmes in Diabetes, Applied Exercise Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Human Movement as well as planned programmes in Ageing and Exercise, and Sports Nutrition. We welcome students, particularly Hope graduates, who have at 2:1 or First Class degree in a Health Science or related science subject.

Finally, this is an exciting time for Health Sciences at Hope as we are currently investing £8.5 million in a new Science and Sports building which will provide excellent research and teaching facilities both for our staff and students. 

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Department Staff
Omid Khaiyat

Associate Professor Omid Alizadehkhaiyat

Acting Head of Health Sciences and Associate Professor

0008 Dr Farzad Amirabdollahian

Associate Professor Farzad Amirabdollahian

Acting Deputy Head and Associate Professor in Nutrition

Peter Angell

Dr Peter Angell

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

Dr Jeremy Cogley

Professional Tutor in Heath Sciences

Dr Ginny Coyles

Dr Ginny Coyles

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Dr Becky Gobbi

Dr Becky Dagger

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

Grace Farhat

Dr Grace Farhat

Lecturer in Food Science and Nutrition

0107 Dr Kat Holloway

Dr Kat Holloway

Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences

Dr Stefan Koehn

Lecturer in Sport Psychology

Emma Lees

Dr Emma Lees

Lecturer in Nutrition

Dr James Malone

Dr James Malone

Lecturer in Coaching Science

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Dr Gemma Marston

Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Sciences

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Dr Simon Marwood

Senior Lecturer in Physiology

0166 Prof Ebrahim Naderali

Visiting Professor Ebrahim Naderali

Professor of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases

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Dr Adrian O'Hara

Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Sciences

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Dr Alina Oknianska

Lecturer in Health Sciences

Liam Owens

Dr Liam Owens

Professional Tutor in Health Sciences

Dr James Roberts

Dr James Roberts

Lecturer in Motor Control

0200 Dr Denise Roche

Dr Denise Roche

Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

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Karen Foxton

Administrator for Sports Science, Exercise Science and Physical Education

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Matt Butler

Administrator for Nutrition and Human Biology

Student Research in Health Sciences

Take a look at our student's research projects 

PhD Studentship Opportunity

Learn more about our PhD Studentship opportunity in Shoulder/Upper Limb Research

Nutrition Student's Stateside Summer

Read about Siobhan's adventure on a studentship at Purdue University, Indiana.