What students say about physiology
I'm doing the medical science programme at the University of Birmingham. I have on average about 23 hours of lectures/ labs/ tutorials a week in the first and second year. There is less lab work in this course compared to other similar courses (only a couple of hours a week) and a lot more of the theory, as they are gearing you towards becoming researchers rather than working in clinical labs. You learn about so many interesting things, including pharmacology, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, infection, and many more.2nd year, University of Birmingham
I really enjoy my course. It has a great balance of learning, all the scientific anatomy and physiology of the human body combined with getting to learn and understand the practical skills that we'll be doing every day in our job. Even though the course is based over at the hospital, the travelling isn't that noticeable, and getting a bus pass if you live in halls in the first year definitely helps! We have a number of small classrooms set aside for us (the maximum year intake is 25, so we don't need anything massive) and also have our own clinical skills lab, with all the equipment we could possibly need to prepare us for placement.1st year, University of Southampton
Due to doing a science degree, last year I had 20 hours of contact time, which was half lectures and half labs. The course was broken up into physiology (the systems of the body), pharmacology (drugs acting on the body), and anatomy (structure of the mammalian body. I was required to do quizzes on 'eBioLabs', essays, practicals, and mainly multiple-choice exams.1st year, University of Bristol
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- Medical researcher
- Physiological scientist
- Exercise physiologist
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- Retail pharmacist
What employers like about this subject
A physiology degree will help you to develop subject-specific skills in understanding the mechanisms that underlie the function of the body in health and disease, and in pharmacology, biochemistry, neuroscience, genetics and anatomy. Transferable skills you can develop include excellent communication and reporting skills, problem-solving, research and numeracy skills. Physiology is a very specialist subject and many graduates go on to complete a medical degree after completing their physiology studies. Physiology graduates usually go to work in hospitals or universities after graduating, but other industries that recruit them include the life sciences, sports, retail chemists and the finance industry.