Medical Physiology BSc Honours

Gain a theoretical and practical understanding of normal body function with specialised clinical and research equipment.


3 years full-time




$11,300 (CA) $16,400 (INT)

Course Summary

Physiology is a scientific discipline that’s essential to medical practice and human health. Our degree will give you a theoretical understanding of bodily functions, from cells and tissues through to organ systems. You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of academics and clinical practitioners, using a wide range of learning styles. The course will focus on the diagnosis of disease, assessment of human fitness, and performance under difficult environmental conditions. You’ll also learn a wide range of analytical techniques that are most often used in clinical settings and in research on body functions. Additionally, you’ll develop the skills to record and securely store data sets – all transferable skills employers are looking for. Our specialist building is outfitted with cutting-edge facilities and you’ll have access to all the labs and equipment there. You’ll get the experience of working with the latest industry equipment from the very start. Using specialist equipment, you’ll have the chance to investigate and record electrical brain activity, monitor nerve pathways, and rhythm, rate, and functioning of the heart. Our expert tutors will be on hand to guide you through the process while helping you to develop technical and soft skills. You’ll also get the experience of designing your very own research experiments. External specialists from related industries frequently visit our campus to give talks. We have excellent relationships with prestigious NHS trusts. We use these relationships to help you secure placements and gain exposure to the industry. We also give you the opportunity to take an optional placement year. Past graduates from this course have gone on to roles like applied physiologist, exercise physiologist, clinical scientist, and many others. You can look forward to joining the armed forces, the NHS, research centres and pharmaceutical companies as the skills you’ll gain will be highly in demand. During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.

Course Content

Your studies will help you to acquire a sound understanding of the human physiology and how body’s physiological systems respond to extreme environmental conditions, such as extreme ambient temperatures and space. In Year 1, you will review the basic sciences, covering cell biology, anatomy, human physiology and the physics behind the instrumentation and equipment used to record body functions. You will also learn about current trends and potential careers in the field of medical physiology. In Year 2, you will explore common cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems, covering relevant anatomy, cell biology, genetics, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology and therapeutics. You will also learn techniques used to assess the functioning of the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous and musculoskeletal systems and acquire research and employability skills. Finally, in Year 3 you will explore  the techniques used to assess the functioning of the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous and musculoskeletal systems in much greater depth, with an emphasis on diagnostics and assessment of human performance. The effect of prolonged exercise, extreme ambient pressures and temperatures, stress, high altitude and the space environment on human performance will also be studied. You will be able to carry out your own research in an area of physiology. Upon successful completion of this degree you will have gained an awareness of the causes of and pathophysiology of diseases of the heart, lungs, musculoskeletal and the nervous systems, and have developed the practical skills and knowledge to assess the health status of an individual and to evaluate human performance. You will have an ability and understanding in recording, storing and analysing anthropological and physiological data, as well as an understanding of the importance of research in the advancement of scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice. You will also gain skills and experience in: Recording and evaluating anthropometrical and physiological data, to assess health status or human performance. Designing research experiments. Team-working, including both interpersonal and intrapersonal capacities. Developing effective communication skills, including advanced literacy and presentation skills. Problem solving and analysis. Independent, critical and creative thinking.

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