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Study Physiology at Otago

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Overview

In Physiology you study how animals function; how they move, digest, excrete, reproduce, circulate their blood, breathe and survive in different surroundings; and how their nervous systems detect, interpret and learn. At Otago there is particular emphasis on how the human body functions. The study of individual organs, their cells and membranes incorporates the related disciplines of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology.

Medical, dental, veterinary and agricultural sciences depend on a sound background in Physiology, as do the vocational training courses for Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science and Pharmacy.

The present explosion of advances in the health sciences in which Physiology plays a central unifying, integrative role, reflects the increasing excitement in the discovery of unsuspected new ideas and processes.

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Contact details

Email physiology@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/physiology

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Physiology (PHSL) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Physiology

Level Papers Points
100-level

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

At least two of:
BIOC 192  Foundations of Biochemistry
CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
PHSI 191  Biological Physics

18

18

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200-level

PHSL 231  Neurophysiology

PHSL 232  Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology

PHSL 233  Cellular, Gastrointestinal and Renal Physiology

18

18

18

300-level

Four of:
PHSL 341  Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurophysiology (I)
PHSL 342  Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurophysiology (II)
PHSL 343  Cellular and Epithelial Physiology
PHSL 344  Cardiovascular Physiology
PHSL 345  Physiological Aspects of Health and Disease

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Plus

162 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

162
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Physiology

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Physiology

Papers
  • PHSL 480 Research Project (40 points) or PHSL 490 Dissertation (60 points), and
  • PHSL 474 Research Topics (20 points)
  • and papers from
  • PHSL 471 Systematic Physiology (20 points)
  • PHSL 472 Neurophysiology (20 points)
  • PHSL 473 Cellular Physiology (20 points)
  • to a total of 120 points.

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Master of Science (MSc) in Physiology

Papers and Thesis
  • PHSL 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • PHSL 471  Systematic Physiology

  • PHSL 472  Neurophysiology

  • PHSL 473  Cellular Physiology

  • PHSL 474  Research Topics

  • Thesis: PHSL 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Physiology as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHeal, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

See Below

 

200-level

PHSL 231  Neurophysiology

PHSL 232  Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology

PHSL 233  Cellular, Gastrointestinal and Renal Physiology

18

18

18

300-level

Two of:
PHSL 341  Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology,
PHSL 342  Integrative Neurophysiology,
PHSL 343  Cellular and Epithelial Physiology,
PHSL 344  Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology,
PHSL 345  Physiological Aspects of Health and Disease.

Prerequisites for PHSL 231, PHSL 232, PHSL 233 include HUBS 191, HUBS 192, and two of BIOC 192, CELS 191, CHEM 191, PHSI 191

36

Total   90

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