Physiology is a broad science, which, at school, is taught as part of biology.  Students wishing to continue studying physiology at a higher level will be expected to gain good qualifications in biology, but also in chemistry and preferably maths.

A degree in physiology will develop students’ understanding of how the body works.  It will provide an opportunity to learn more about how cells work and communicate with each other, how organs (e.g. heart, brain) and organ systems (e.g. cardiovascular or respiratory systems) function, and how different parts of the body adjust to changes such as exercise.

At degree level, the emphasis on integrating molecular, cellular, systems and whole body function distinguishes physiology from other life science courses and makes it very relevant for postgraduate study such as medicine. It also provides an excellent basis to forge a research career, for example by studying a PhD, either within physiology or a related discipline.

Physiology is a practical science, which will equip students with laboratory and transferable skills.

The transferable skills gained through studying a physiology degree (such as communication, team working and organisation) will considerably extend the career opportunities available.

For an overview of the skills you can gain through a physiology degree and the range of career options that studying physiology can open up to you, download The Science of Life.

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