Dr Philip Wood

Programme Leader Health Care and Mortuary Science

I have worked at Chester for 20 years, initially in the Department of Health and Community Studies and more recently as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences.


BSc (University of Hull)
MSc (University of Warwick)
PhD (University of Warwick)
PGCE (University of Manchester)


Following a period of Post-Doctoral research at UMIST (now the University of Manchester) into the characterization of enzymes found in thermophilic bacteria, I spent several years in Further Education before joining the University of Chester. During my time here, I have served as Acting Head of Department (Health and Community Studies), Programme Development Officer, Subject Assessment Officer and Deputy Head of Department (Biological Sciences). I am currently Programme Leader for the Foundation Degrees in Health Care Sciences and Mortuary Science, having previously acted as Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences degree.

My external commitments currently involve serving as an external examiner at Leeds Metropolitan University and as an academic representative of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) at course accreditation events.

In my spare time, I enjoy walking, visiting art galleries and listening to a wide variety of music. Until recently, I have also suffered most weekends as a lifelong supporter of Manchester City Football Club!


I teach mainly biochemistry and microbiology across a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation degree modules. Thus, in addition to delivering introductory courses in these disciplines, my teaching also includes the more specialised areas of environmental microbiology, medical microbiology and infection control, clinical biochemistry, and pharmacology.


I am currently module leader for:

BI4927            Cell and Tissue Science (via blended learning)
BI4113            Introductory Microbiology and Immunology
BI5115            Applied Microbiology
BI5928            Biological Markers of Death and Decomposition (via blended learning)
BI5936            Microbiology (via blended learning)
BI6114            Medical Microbiology and Infection Control
BI6116            Clinical Biochemistry and Genetic Analysis
BI6160            Clinical Biochemistry and Genetic Analysis (via blended learning)
BI6163            Medical Microbiology and Infection Control (via blended learning)


Whilst most of my time is occupied with teaching, I supervise BSc and PhD research projects in several areas of microbiology. My research interests are particularly focused on:

  • the characterisation of microbes found in mineral waters, and
  • the effectiveness of various cleaning regimes at controlling microbial growth.

 In addition, I am very interested in the utilisation of technology to enhance the student experience of learning, teaching and assessment.

Published work

Wood, P. (2012). Foundation Science Degree in Health Care Sciences at the University of Chester. The Biomedical Scientist (in press), IBMS

Wood, P. (2011). Advisor for: Genetics: The science of genetics revealed (Oxlade, E. (2011), Studymates, GLMP Ltd.


Production of interactive student texts to support the following blended learning modules:

  • Cell and Tissue Science
  • Biological Markers of Death and Decomposition
  • Microbiology
  • Chemical Decomposition and Investigation
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Genetic Analysis
  • Medical Microbiology and Infection Control