Human Physiology BSc (Hons) Add to your prospectus

  • Offers study abroad opportunities Offers study abroad opportunities
  • Opportunity to study for a year in China Offers a Year in China

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: B120
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : DDD in relevant diploma
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Human Physiology is the science of how the body works and is one of the fundamental disciplines of biology and 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 human physiology from other life science degrees. Laying a solid foundation for postgraduate medicine or dentistry, research or further study and many other career pathways.

Some of the major research areas covered within Human Physiology at the University of Liverpool are neurodegenerative ageing and neuronal signalling, oncology, regenerative medicine and stem cell physiology not forgetting signalling in smooth muscle (in the Centre for Better Births).

Programme in detail

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 human 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 human biology/biology further.

Our practical modules cover experimental and human physiology, and our lecture modules include neuroscience, regulatory physiology, neuromuscular physiology, perspectives in physiology research and cell signalling in health and disease. The schedule for the final year human 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.

You may wish to defer your graduation and take up the opportunity to continue your studies and follow our MBiolSci programme, so extending your degree by one year. In addition to this master’s opportunity there are also other postgraduate opportunities which include MSc, MRes or our prestigious Wellcome Trust four-year PhD programme that has run here at the University of Liverpool for over 25 years, which continues to provide one avenue for our human physiology graduates to embark on a research career.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

412 Year One undergraduates in 2017

UK league tables

95% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Report 2015/16)

National Student Survey

• 100% satisfaction for Genetics and Anatomy and Human Biology (National Student Survey 2017)
• 91% satisfaction for Microbiology (National Student Survey 2017)

Why this subject?

Shape your study with real flexibility and choice

You’ll study in one of the largest Schools of Life Science in the UK, meaning you can shape your studies by choosing modules from across the entire spectrum of the life sciences. You’ll also enjoy links to our Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Enjoy excellent career prospects

You’ll benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic and pharmaceutical industries. 

Strengthen your employability through overseas study

Boost your future prospects by choosing to study or take part in field courses abroad. Our networks stretch as far afield as Uganda, Thailand and China.

Work in leading-edge facilities

Over £30 million has recently been invested in our facilities, such as our Biology Teaching Centre, the state-of-the-art Biosciences Building, the Biomedical Sciences Building and the Human Anatomy Resource Centre. This ensures your studies are fully supported by the very best in teaching and research equipment.