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Master of Science in Physiology

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Dec 2022

Campus

Grafton Campus

Summary

The Master of Science (MSc) programme enables you to pursue advanced study in your area of interest with the opportunity to work on independent research.

Programme overview

Studying for an MSc is an opportunity for committed scientists to focus on a relevant area of interest or practise and pursue an advanced qualification. While taught masters will provide you with specialist training in your chosen field, a research masters will develop advanced research skills, working alongside Faculty of Science researchers - many of whom are major contributors in their field. Late Year Semester will start in December.

120-point MSc

Most students enter an MSc following completion of a PGDipSci. You will need to complete 120 points (maximum of 160 points) in a specialisation within one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study (research masters) or four years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

240-point MSc

If you enter a MSc directly from an undergraduate degree you will need to complete 240 points (maximum of 280 points) in a specialisation in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study (research masters) or six years of part-time study (taught masters). Not all specialisations offer both taught and research options.

Physiology

Through advanced courses in Physiology, you will study topics such as experimental design and data analysis in physiological research. You will also explore the theoretical basis underpinning electrophysiological and live-cell imaging techniques used to investigate cellular function.
Research topics open to exploration include:

  • Auditory neurobiology
  • Cardiac structure and function
  • Circulatory control
  • Developmental brain injury and glial cell biology
  • Fetal physiology and neuroscience
  • Molecular neuroendocrinology
  • Molecular physiology of the eye
Master of Science (MSc) in Physiology 120-point (one-year) Research Masters

PHYSIOL 796 MSc Thesis in Physiology

Master of Science (MSc) in Physiology 240-point Research Masters
  • 30 points from:
    • MEDSCI 725 Experimental Design
    • MEDSCI 733 Advanced Methods in Cell Physiology
  • 90 additional points from:
    • MEDSCI 701 Special Studies in Medical Science
    • MEDSCI 703 Advanced Biomedical Imaging
    • MEDSCI 717 Advanced Neuroscience: Neuropharmacology
    • MEDSCI 727 Advanced Neuroscience: Neurophysiology
    • MEDSCI 729 Perinatal Physiology and Medicine
    • MEDSCI 730 Reproductive Science
    • MEDSCI 731 Advanced Reproductive Biology
    • MEDSCI 732 Molecular Aspects of Endocrinology and Metabolism
    • MEDSCI 734 Advanced Integrative Physiology
    • MEDSCI 737 Biomedical MRI
    • MEDSCI 739 Advanced Sensory Neuroscience
  • 120 points:
    • PHYSIOL 796 MSc Thesis in Physiology

Jobs related to Physiology include clinical positions such as:

  • Biomedical scientist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Pharmacologist

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Entry criteria

Research 120 points:

You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution), in a similar field to your intended specialisation. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Research 240 points:

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science in a similar field to your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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