Starting well, living well and ageing well is the principle underpinning our work. We're particularly interested in how early development impacts on long-term health. Our research and teaching disciplines centre on health challenges that are particularly significant in Merseyside. Our work in cardiovascular health, eye and vision, musculoskeletal ageing and women's and children's health also expands our reach internationally.

Professor Peter Clegg

My ambition for our institute is to have a research presence throughout the pipeline, from discovery stages through to clinical trials. It's important that we're recognised for excellence in both our teaching and research activity.

Professor Peter Clegg, Executive Dean

Our departments

Our departments bring together two of the Faculty's major clinical disciplines, medicine and dentistry, together with areas of internationally recognised research excellence.


Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine

Providing an outstanding opportunity to focus on studies of how life events modify the risks of adverse health at key stages in later life.

Eye and Vision Sciences

Scientists, engineers and clinicians work collaboratively to uncover how basic mechanisms, processes and structures relate to vision, including how it is affected by disease and how it can be treated.

Musculoskeletal and Ageing Science

Working with both medical and veterinary clinicians, as well as epidemiologists and biomedical scientists, to advance solutions to age-related diseases and conditions.

Women's and Children's Health

The department is internationally renowned for its research and is home to specialist groups covering obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology and medical and surgical paediatrics.

School of Dentistry

We're one of the largest dental schools in the UK, training the next generation of dentists, as well as qualified dental professionals as they develop their careers.

School of Medicine

At the University of Liverpool, we develop caring, clinically outstanding, research-ready doctors to lead in a rapidly changing healthcare world.



Our research

In Merseyside, many health issues have a significantly higher incidence when compared nationally. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Chronic diseases

  • Eye and vision diseases

  • Musculoskeletal diseases

  • Obesity

Our research departments are dedicated to studying these conditions, with the aim to prevent their dominance in the region. Our connections to leading research groups worldwide extends the impact of our work internationally.

Vision, mission and aims

  • Conduct research that has a real impact on our local community
  • Support the starting well, living well and ageing well agenda
  • Make all areas of our research activity internationally visible
  • Operate sustainably, particularly reducing our plastic waste which is disproportionately high in clinical sciences
  • Be recognised as a leading education provider for our disciplines
  • Demonstrate best-practice 'team science'
  • Develop policies that promote equality, diversity and inclusion within clinical careers, where society has been under-represented previously.

Accreditations and partnerships

Athena SWAN Silver Award

We're proud to hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award, recognising our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA)

CIMA brings together three Russell Group universities, each with world class research infrastructure, facilities and resources for research into ageing and the musculoskeletal system.