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Bachelor of Science in Physiology

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


If you have a mind for science and you’re keen to keep your options open, then the BSc is the degree for you. With many undergraduate majors in a wide range of subject areas, the BSc will allow you to incorporate different areas of interest and expertise. As well as strongly emphasising transferable skills to improve your employment opportunities, this programme will expose you to cutting-edge technologies and provide a gateway to independent research. Throughout your undergraduate degree you’ll be taught by knowledgeable scientists, many of whom are major contributors in their field.


Physiology is the study of how living organisms work. A major focus is on understanding what goes wrong in disease.

Physiology explores how the body works. It provides a rational scientific basis for the treatment of disease.

At the core of Physiology is the acquisition of knowledge by observation, experiment and interpretation.

Physiology is highly quantitative and has close links with biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, mathematical modelling and pharmacology, as well as zoology and plant biology. A large part of medical research is centred on Physiology. It is an active and developing science that promises to be one of the most exciting disciplines for the foreseeable future. This subject also available in Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Where can Physiology take you?

Physiology provides a great foundation to find employment in research or in the rapidly growing healthcare sector in New Zealand and overseas. Graduates with a Physiology background are employed in a range of professions, in areas that include:

  • Biomedical science
  • Clinical research science
  • Exercise physiology
  • Healthcare science
  • Pharmacology
  • Audiology
  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary medicine

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). You must have completed a minimum of three A-level subjects.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

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