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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Physiology

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Grafton Campus


The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is an opportunity for Bachelor of Science graduates to advance their qualifications.

Pursue advanced study in your specialist area with the Postgraduate Diploma in Science. Extend your knowledge with coursework or try a project or dissertation as part of your diploma – the option is yours. The PGDipSci offers a pathway toward masters and doctoral study.

Programme structure

The PGDipSci programme involves one year of full-time study, or up to four years of part-time study, after you have completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • 120 points in your specialist subject listed in the Postgraduate Diploma in Science schedule
  • A project or dissertation of up to 45 points may be included

Summer School will start in January.

What can you study in 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

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Physiology

  • 30 points from:
    • MEDSCI 725 Experimental Design
    • MEDSCI 733 Advanced Methods in Cell Physiology
  • 90 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

Jobs related to Physiology include clinical positions such as:

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

This subject also available in Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Further study options

  • Master of Science
  • Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice
  • Master of Bioscience Enterprise
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) in your intended specialisation with a GPE of 3.0. Some specialisations may require you to have completed specific courses in your undergraduate degree.

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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