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BSc (Hons)Human Physiology

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Human Physiology is the science of how the body works and is one of the fundamental disciplines of modern medicine. Physiology investigates the interaction of molecules, cells, tissues and organs, and how these parts make up the whole body. Human Physiology at Liverpool has a focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms of disease. As you work through your degree here at Liverpool your knowledge of Physiology will expand through learning from experts in their fields. There is an emphasis on integrating molecular, cellular, systems and whole body function, which distinguishes Physiology from other life science degrees. This makes it very relevant for postgraduate study in medicine.

Some of the major research areas covered within Physiology are signalling in smooth muscle (in the Centre for Better Births), neuronal signalling, oncology membrane transport and signalling in health and disease.

Our excellence in research provides the basis for a BSc Honours programme that aims to provide a supportive learning environment. Students are enabled to develop academic competence at the highest level attainable, and are introduced to the forefront of current knowledge in Physiology.

We are keen to recruit students with a strong interest in biology / human biology, whether they intend to follow a career in medicine or dentistry, as a research Physiologist or simply wish to take their fascination for biology further.

Our practical modules cover experimental and human physiology, and our lecture modules include neuroscience, regulatory physiology, muscle physiology, perspectives in physiology research and cell signalling in health and disease. The schedule for the final year Physiology projects allows our students to immerse themselves in their own specialised research for 10-weeks in an active clinical or research laboratory environment. We equip our graduates with a range of skills that prepares them for future employment in a wide range of careers both in and out of science.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Core modules:

Molecules and Cells
Evolution and Biodiversity
Grand Challenges in Biology
Experimental Skills in Current Biology
Essential Skills for Life Sciences I
Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
Biochemical Methods
Developmental Biology

Plus two the following modules:

Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies
Animal Biodiversity
Biological Chemistry

Programme Year Two

Core modules:

The Multicellular Organism
Regulatory and Neuro-Physiology
Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
Essential Skills for Life Sciences II
Practical Human Physiology
Experimental Physiology

Plus two of the following optional theory modules:

The Immune System in Health and Disease
From Genes to Proteins
Principles of Pharmacology
Genome Organisation and Maintenance
Comparative Animal Physiology
Veterinary Parasitology and Public Health
Veterinary Form and Function

And one of the following practical modules

Techniques in Cell Biology
Techniques in Zoology
Molecular Science

Programme Year Three

Core modules:

Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
Secretory Biology
Principles of Molecular Physiology Research
Muscle Physiology
Advanced Skills for Physiologists
Data Handling for Physiologists
Research Project

Career opportunities

In the public sector, Life Sciences graduates are in demand in research institutes, government departments, the National Health Service, forensic science and the Environment Agency. Commercial sectors that actively recruit graduates from the Life Sciences include the pharmaceutical, food, biotechnology, water and agriculture industries.

There is also an increasing demand for life scientists to contribute to the public understanding of science as journalists and information/liaison officers, in view of the ethical and environmental issues that arise, for example, by developments in molecular biology and biotechnology.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States