Human Physiology BSc (Hons)

Key information


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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 function and interaction of molecules, cells, tissues, organs and systems, and how these parts make up the whole body. Human Physiology at Liverpool has a focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms of disease, the effect on the function of body systems and aspects of translational medicine. As you work through your degree here at Liverpool your knowledge of physiology will expand through learning from research 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. A degree in Human Physiology will give you a solid foundation for postgraduate medicine or dentistry, research or further study and many other career pathways including several careers within the NHS.

Some of the major research areas covered within Human Physiology at the University of Liverpool are neurodegenerative aging and neuronal signalling, oncology, regenerative medicine and stem cell physiology not forgetting signalling in uterine smooth muscle (in the Centre for Better Births at Liverpool Women's Hospital) and respiratory and auto immune diseases in children (Alder Hey Children’s Hospital).

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 human biology, whether they intend to follow a career in the NHS including medicine, dentistry, physician associate or clinical physiologist; as a research physiologist or simply wish to take their fascination for human biology further and perhaps follow a teaching career.

Our practical modules cover experimental and human physiology, and our lecture modules include neuroscience and neuromuscular physiology, regulatory, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology, perspectives in physiology research and cell signalling in health and disease. The final year human physiology project allows each of our students to immerse themselves in their own specialised research in an active clinical or research laboratory environment, or if preferred, a literature based or school education project. 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 PhD programmes that provide avenues for our human physiology graduates to embark on a research career.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

20 Year One undergraduates in 2017

UK league tables

1st place in the Guardian University League table for subject
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 Human Physiology (National Student Survey 2017)

Why this subject?

Shape your study with real flexibility and choice

You will 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 will benefit from our excellent international reputation for research in growth areas such as the biotechnology, post-genomic, environmental 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

More than £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.