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Physiological Sciences

Physiology is the science of living systems. Learn how cells, organs and tissue function in our bodies, as well as how they adjust to change

Key Facts



BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences


Degree Duration

4 years


Pathways Available

International Stage One
4 years :1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

September 2023

Degree Overview

Physiological Sciences at Dundee explores the function of organs and body systems. You will gain a broad understanding of healthy and diseased function – from a molecular and cellular level to exploring what happens when issues like metabolic and neurodegenerative disease are present. You’ll look at the clinical aspects of physiology and focus on how body systems can be fine-tuned or optimised as well as how disease can be prevented or treated.

Learning key theories in biology is important for understanding the field as a whole. Your first two years will cover concepts including evolution, biological organisation, molecular mechanisms, and processes. You’ll develop practical skills, including laboratory skills, data analysis, and how to design and run experiments. This will prepare you for carrying out projects later in your course.

Our course curriculum is shaped by the work of our world-leading researchers to make sure you’re learning the latest advances, as well as gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of the field.

Your knowledge and competencies will take your degree wherever you want it to go. You can pick modules that interest you and also transfer to a different life sciences degree if you choose the relevant modules.

Lab sessions throughout your degree will help integrate your knowledge and practical skills, as well as develop strong transferable skills, both in and out of the lab.

  • If you do not meet our academic grade requirements for your chosen course, we can offer you an alternative route to begin your studies. Our international incorporated degrees will develop your subject knowledge, academic English and university level study skills

Why Study this Degree

As a graduate in physiological sciences you will have an excellent grounding for a career in, or further training for, biomedicine and related fields including, pharmacology and physiotherapy.

You will also be welcomed into applied research and development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Other openings include teaching in schools or universities.

Your Pathways

International Stage One

The IS1 is the first year of a four year International Incorporated Bachelors. And its designed to strengthen your English language abilities and introduce core concepts and knowledge required at university study level.  Once you have successfully completed your studies you will continue the remaining stages of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian’s Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the
University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful
research, an excellent student experience and a community
campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.

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