School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

The School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences is located at the Garthdee Riverside campus, and is the second largest school in the University. The Head of School is Professor Donald Cairns.

Practical and Professional

Students reading in pharmacy setting The School has an impressive portfolio of seven courses accredited or approved by professional bodies. These include the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Forensic Science Society, the Nutrition Society and the Health Professions Council.



Student in labThe School is multidisciplinary, with students benefiting from interactions across a range of subject areas – such as biomedical sciences, analytical and medicinal chemistry, forensic science, nutrition, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences.

These are just a few of the many reasons why graduates from the School are in such high demand from employers.

Staff of the School

The school has courses across two subject categories:

Health Professions Laboratory, Biomedical & Sports Sciences

In addition to scholarly research, many of our staff perform research across a range of topics as research institute members.

Research in the Faculty of Health & Social Care Institute for Innovation, Design & Sustainability


  1. Professor Donald Cairns

    Donald Cairns

    Within the school, Professor Cairns leads the strategic planning, coordination, development and supervision of academic work in the areas of pharmacy, biomedical sciences, forensic and analytical science; and nutrition and dietetics.

    Professor Donald Cairns BSc(Hons) PhD MRPharmS CSci CChem FRSC

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  1. 07, October, 2015 RGU hosts successful Non-Medical Prescribing Conference 2015

    ‘Appropriate Prescribing’ and Antimicrobial Stewardship were two of the key themes at a recent conference at RGU for healthcare professionals in the north-east who have prescribing responsibilities.  


  1. 17, February, 2016 Professorial Lecture: To Boldly Go: Crossing Borders, Boundaries and Disciplines as a Way Forward in Health and Social Care Education

    Professor Diack will discuss the increasing challenges to understanding Interprofessional Education (IPE) and will argue that the way forward is to develop a more holistic transdisciplinary education.  

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