As a Faculty of experts in a broad range of health and life science disciplines, we aspire to positively impact the health and wellbeing of our city, our country and our planet. We work in collaboration with our partners to ensure our research has significant, tangible outcomes for society. The University reinforced its place as a world-leading research institution in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021: 

Clinical Medicine 

Ranked 11th in the UK for Research Power, with 100% of our impact rated outstanding or very considerable.

Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

97% of our research is world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), making us joint 3rd in the UK. 100% of our impact and environment is world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Placed joint 1st in the UK for our world-leading (4*) environment and ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Research Power.

Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science

Liverpool has the top Veterinary School return for 4* overall research. Our research is ranked joint 1st in the UK for world leading research environment and 3rd for world leading research.

Our challenges

Ageing and chronic disease

We're working to improve the quality of increasingly longer lives worldwide. We identify ways to delay the onset of ageing and reduce its negative effects.


One in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Cancer is globally acknowledged as a challenge of our time. With our team science approach, we are investigating cancer biology, early detection and therapies in cancers with unmet need and regionally high incidence.

Cardiovascular disease

Liverpool City Region has some of the poorest heart health in the country. We're targeting studies towards disease epidemiology, treatment and prevention.

Children's health

Early development has a major influence on long term health. We're working with our NHS trust partners to improve healthcare and health outcomes for children and young people.

Health inequality

Liverpool suffers greatly from health inequalities and unmet health needs. Our work aims to tackle this, enabling real and positive change for patients and the public.

Infection and antimicrobial resistance

There's never been a more important time to focus our research into infectious diseases on helping local, national and global communities.

'One Health' and food security

We're working towards improved control of infectious diseases in food producing animals, better food safety systems and sustainable food production.

Safer drugs and smart delivery of new therapeutics

We provide preclinical and early phase clinical support to ensure new drugs and therapies are developed in a safe, streamlined manner.

Centres of Excellence

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Centre of Excellence in Long-acting Therapeutics

The Centre of Excellence in Long-acting Therapeutics (CELT) aims to broaden understanding of long-acting medicines, create new interventions and accelerate the research and development of new therapies.

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Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children

The Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children (EATC4C) is a unique consortium delivering translational biomedical research in childhood arthritis and related musculoskeletal disorders. It is the UK’s first and only EATC dedicated to children.

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Liverpool Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre

The Liverpool Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), funded by CRUK and the NIHR, is a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

Microbiome Innovation Centre

Microbiome Innovation Centre

The Microbiome Innovation Centre (MIC) combines state of the art facilities with diverse expertise from across numerous disciplines including ecological, biological, clinical and veterinary science.

Our institutes

We deliver research through our four institutes, which bring together the vast skills base we need to tackle our challenges.

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Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences

Addressing the issues that are most important to local health challenges, delivering results from bench to bedside, positively changing patient care in our communities.

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Institute of Population Health

Improving the health and wellbeing of the population and reducing inequalities by exploring how systems, practices and policies work together.

Institute of Population Health
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Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences

Tackling major challenges of the 21st century, including emerging infectious diseases, food security, antimicrobial resistance and the impacts of environmental change.

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Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology

Responding to important societal problems, from improving crops to creating new diagnostic tools and therapeutic interventions across many diseases.

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REF 2021 research areas

Staff submitted as part of our Faculty’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 return are aligned to 18 research themes, which cross Institute boundaries and facilitate interdisciplinary research.

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Infection and global health

Researchers are working to improve our understanding of the emergence and spread of infectious diseases, and developing and delivering the next generation of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to protect populations in the UK and beyond.

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Trials and methodology

Researcher in this theme seeks to improve population health by informing practice and policy through clinical trials, epidemiological research, and evidence synthesis in areas of strategic importance, supported by the development of underlying methodologies.

Mental health

Mental health research in the Faculty aims to increase our understanding of issues at all life stages with a focus on perinatal, child and adolescent mental health, mental health in a societal and environmental context, and mental health interventions in low and middle-income countries.

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Animal welfare and productivity

Researchers within this theme are focussed on improving animal health, increasing farm productivity, and studying the impact of companion animals on human health and wellbeing, and seek to tackle animal health issues such as obesity, metabolic syndromes, and welfare.

Case studies

One Health approaches to antimicrobial resistance

The University of Liverpool is taking a 'One Health' approach, encompassing human, animal and environmental impact.

Policy in practice: research that reduces health and social inequalities

Research at the University of Liverpool aims to address the health divide.

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Vaccines: The race to save more lives

The University of Liverpool's vaccine research and the fight against devastating infectious diseases.


Liverpool Shared Research Facilities (LIV-SRF)

Liverpool Shared Research Facilities offer flexible access to world-class equipment and expertise through its Shared Research Facilities.

Collaborate with us

Our interdisciplinary world-leading research, unique model for collaboration and cutting edge facilities enable our academic community to work with you to help address societal challenges and deliver novel solutions for your organisation.

Find out how you can collaborate with us and access our facilities

Accreditations and partnerships

Our local and global partnerships provide vital support to our research activity.

Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive. Wellcome is an independent global charitable foundation.

Liverpool Health Partners

Liverpool Health Partners' mission is to improve population health outcomes and economic productivity in Cheshire and Merseyside.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

NIHR is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provide the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive.

Athena SWAN Silver Award

As a Faculty overall we are accredited with the Athena SWAN Silver Award, which covers each of the four institutes, recognising our commitment to advancing gender equality.