Studying Physiology

What is Physiology?

In essence Physiology is the study of how the body works. Have you ever wondered why athletes often train at altitude, why your heart rate increases before an exam or why you can hold your breath for a longer time if you breath hard for a few minutes before hand? Physiology has the answers to all these questions and more!


The Department is part of the School of Medicine which sits in the College of Medicine & Health. Staff of the Department contribute to the teaching of wide variety of degree programmes in the College of Medicine & Health including Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. In addition, science students and occasional medical students register for a BSc in Physiology via CK402 Biological and Chemical Sciences (College of Science, Engineering and Food Science). A further 15 students are currently registered for post-graduate degrees (MSc, MD, and PhD) within the department.

Full details of modules currently offered can be seen at Full details of degree programmes can be found at

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Physiology Department


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