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B100 - Physiological Sciences

Physiological Sciences

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: B100
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

This accredited Physiological Sciences degree will equip you with the in-depth understanding of human physiology you need to make a difference in your life sciences career and related fields.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-AAB
  • IB: 34-35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

Our Physiological Sciences degree focuses on the study of the organ systems of the human body and how they control and maintain body function in both normal and pathophysiological states. You'll develop a thorough understanding of how the human body functions in health and disease, from individual molecules and cells, up to the whole organism.

We are a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and you will be taught by our world-leading and expert staff, so you will graduate with a cutting-edge knowledge of the industry.

You'll gain a broad and integrated understanding of human body function through our focus on the study of the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and gastrointestinal tract.

You will cover critical topics in human biomedical and biomolecular biology such as:

  • neuroscience
  • cardiovascular physiology
  • renal physiology
  • respiratory physiology
  • gastrointestinal physiology
  • human anatomy

You're equipped with the knowledge you need for a rewarding career in life sciences in a range of sectors.

Students working in a lab

Quality and ranking

We are a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research.

  • 3rd in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Anatomy and Physiology category)
  • 84% for overall student satisfaction - National Student Survey 2019 (subject area Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology)
  • top 100 – Anatomy and Physiology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Additional information

Transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degrees

There is flexibility to transfer between our degree programmes at the end of the first year if you find your interests change.

You can also apply to transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degrees. This opportunity is open to UK, EU and international students. It is competitive, with a limited number of places available. Students are selected on the basis of academic performance in the first year, a UCAT score, a personal statement and, if shortlisted, an interview.

Find out about transferring courses

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or numbers of students interested in an optional module.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as: the physiology of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract and have the opportunity to undertake research in one of our world-leading research institutes on a subject that interest you, like:

  • cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal physiology
  • neuroscience
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • ageing

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Biochemistry 15
Genetics 15
Microbiology and Immunology 15
Cell Biology 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences 1 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2 15
Pharmacology 15
Physiology 15

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as: the physiology of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract and have the opportunity to undertake research in one of our world-leading research institutes on a subject that interest you, like:

  • cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal physiology
  • neuroscience
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • ageing

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Essential Biomedical Research Skills 20
Control of Eukaryotic Gene Expression 10
Cell and Molecular Biology of the Immune System 10
Membrane Transport and Cell Signalling in Health and Disease 20
Molecular Physiology and Pathophysiology 15
Human Anatomy for Physiologists 10
Renal and Respiratory Physiology 20
Cardiovascular System Physiology 15

All of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences degrees are divided into two phases:

  • phase 1 is shared by all degrees and provides a broad introduction to biomolecular sciences
  • phase 2 provides specialist topics relating to your degree

This flexible structure gives you the chance to try a broad range of topics, helping you to see where your interests lie before you specialise.

Phase 1 (Stage 1 and part of Stage 2)

You're introduced to biomolecular sciences through a series of modules.

Phase 2 (remainder of degree)

You'll study topics such as: the physiology of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract and have the opportunity to undertake research in one of our world-leading research institutes on a subject that interest you, like:

  • cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal physiology
  • neuroscience
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • ageing

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Physiology of the Nervous System 30
Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract 1 15
Integrated Physiology 10
Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract 2 15
Optional Modules Credits
Business Enterprise for the Bioscientist 10
Health and Illness: Professional and Societal Perspectives 10
Science Communication 10
Bioethics 10
Bioinformatics 10
Research Project 40
Research Design Project 40
Research project for exchange students 40
Research in Physiological Sciences 10

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes and small group seminars.

You also have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Practical sessions

Skills and experience

Practical skills

In your final year, you'll work alongside industry-recognised scientists in one of our research institutes while completing your research project.

This will allow you to develop advanced research and scientific skills, while also getting an insight into a career as a researcher.

Business skills

We make sure you have plenty of opportunities to gain work experience to enhance your employability while studying. This includes:

  • vacation studentships in a University research laboratory
  • paid work in one of our research institutes through our Laboratory Assistant Scheme
  • employability ambassador scheme
  • student mentoring scheme

Research skills

As a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research, you're guaranteed an education right at the cutting edge of the discipline, so you'll always be aware of the latest developments and innovations in the field.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas. You can even take a summer placement in an overseas research laboratory.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You'll be based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at our city-centre campus. The Faculty is also home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Pharmacy.

Situated next to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.

Our facilities include:

  • a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
  • large teaching laboratories
  • hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces

Find out about the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Support

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.

Your future

Our physiological sciences graduates are in high demand when they complete their degrees, with 100% of our pharmacology graduates going into work or further study within six months of graduating. Their average salary after graduating was £22,630*.

There is a great demand for graduates in Physiological Sciences in the health services and in industry, particularly leading of working in research teams. Many graduates choose this path. 

A large proportion of our graduates also choose to take a further degree, either a medical, dental, master's PhD or teaching qualification, before embarking on permanent employment. 

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Work in a range of industries

  • research and development
  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology 
  • education
  • healthcare
  • chemical
  • food and drink
  • scientific writing
  • financial 
  • cosmetics and toiletries

Make a difference

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Careers support

Throughout your studies, there will be many opportunities to engage with industry including:

  • site visits
  • guest lectures
  • employability fairs
  • industrial placements
  • internships
  • advice from industry

Develop your employability with the support of the School through:

  • summer placements
  • internship opportunities
  • SOLAR – a student-led outreach group teaching school children science
  • opportunities to participate in clinical work shadowing
  • mock interviews
  • CV interviews
  • careers clinics
  • assistance with applying to medicine/dentistry

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAA-AAB

International Baccalaureate

34-35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

Scholarships

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

Apply through UCAS

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International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.

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