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Duration 1 or 2 years full-time
Prerequisites for first year of MSc BSc including at least a B average (B+ recommended) in four of PHSL 341, PHSL 342, PHSL 343, PHSL 344, PHSL 345, or equivalents
Prerequisites for second year of MSc BSc(Hons), PGDipSci (including PHSL 490), or first year of MSc in Physiology


Opportunities exist in our internationally recognised research programmes to complete a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Physiology.

The MSc is a one- or two-year programme (depending on whether you enter at the first or second year of the MSc programme). We usually recommend completing a 400-level degree in Physiology (BSc Hons, PGDipSc, BBiomed Hons) instead of the first year of the MSc, and then progressing to the full year MSc research thesis.

Successful completion of the MSc enables you to apply for direct entry into the PhD programme.

Applications to undertake a MSc in Physiology are welcome at any time. Candidates can be of any nationality and must have attained a degree in biomedical science or a closely-related subject.

Applicants must apply to the Department of Physiology as follows:

  1. Refer to the specific projects listed in our research opportunities database or seek out a supervisor(s) whose project(s) interest you the most. In your email, include the following:
    • Your name and country of citizenship
    • Your CV
    • Certified academic transcript (and, if applicable, an explanation of the content)
    • Certified evidence of English language proficiency (eg IELTS or TOEFL results) if applicable
    • The names of two referees
  2. If your application is to be considered, the supervisor will contact you to discuss the next steps, and our Departmental Administrator will check that your documents are complete.

For further information on research in the Department, see our research opportunities database.


First year:

  • PHSL 471 Systematic Physiology (20 points)
  • PHSL 472 Neurophysiology (20 points)
  • PHSL 473 Cellular Physiology (20 points)
  • PHSL 474 Research Topics (20 points)
  • PHSL 495 Master's Thesis Preparation (40 points)

Second year:

  • Research Thesis

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