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The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Physiology is a 120-point degree that can be studied full-time or part-time. Successful completion of the PGDipSci enables you to apply for direct entry into the second year of the two-year Master of Science (MSc) in Physiology programme.

If your PGDipSci includes the PHSL 490 Dissertation paper, successful completion enables you to apply for direct entry into the PhD programme.

Duration 1 year full-time (or longer part-time)
Prerequisites BSc including at least a B average (B+ recommended) in four of PHSL 341, PHSL 342, PHSL 343, PHSL 344, PHSL 345, or equivalents


As part of a PGDipSci in Physiology, you must take either PHSL 480 Research Project (40 points) or PHSL 490 Dissertation (60 points).

Your choice will affect the other papers you must take.

Papers required if taking PHSL 480

Papers required if taking PHSL 490

Two of:

  • PHSL 471 Systematic Physiology (20 points)
  • PHSL 472 Neurophysiology (20 points)
  • PHSL 473 Cellular Physiology (20 points)


Differences between the PGDipSci and BSc(Hons) in Physiology

The PGDipSci in Physiology that includes PHSL 490 Dissertation has identical course content to the BSc(Hons) in Physiology. However, the two programmes' prerequisites differ:

Requirement PGDipSci BSc(Hons)
Prerequisites for PGDipSci and BSc(Hons) in Physiology
Bachelor's degree BSc in Physiology BSc in Physiology
Papers at 300-level 4 PHSL papers 4 PHSL papers plus 1 approved science paper
Average grade in 300-level PHSL papers B (or higher) B+ (or higher)

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