A 2011 HESA survey of 2010 graduates indicates that six months after finishing their course 38% of physiology graduates had gone on to further study, with a further 7% combining work with further study.
Some graduates choose to undertake a second undergraduate degree, such as medicine or veterinary medicine. There are graduate fast-track medical courses available at some UK universities. See the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website for details.
Others continue their interest in physiology through a postgraduate qualification such as an MSc, MRes or PhD. In academia, a PhD is generally required to obtain a lectureship. In industry, a PhD is not essential, although most heads of section possess one. Some large employers, such as major pharmaceutical companies, may sponsor a relevant part-time Masters or PhD.
Some graduates move away from pure physiology through an MSc or diploma in related subjects such as forensic science, toxicology, osteopathy or speech therapy. Others change direction by studying courses such as law, teaching, computing or accountancy.
These trends show only what previous graduates in your subject did immediately upon graduating. Over the course of their career - the first few years in particular - many others will opt for some form of further study, either part time or full time. If further study interests you, start by thinking about postgraduate study in the UK and search courses and research to identify your options.
For details relating to finance and the application process, look at funding my further study.
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