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Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in biological, physiological or biomedical science. We might also consider your application if you have a lower standard or unrelated degree if you also have relevant experience.

International students please see

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Months of entry


Course content

From nutrition and neuroscience to muscle and bone, develop an expert understanding of the systems and organs that make humans tick. Studying our MSc Physiology programme offers a detailed look at it all, letting you explore the fundamental systems of human life.

You’ll cover a range of units around physiology, each offering an in-depth look into different systems or specialisms – from neuroscience and nutrition, to the cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal systems. From there, you’ll have the chance to take a deep dive into a topic of your choice, with an independent research project. It’s your chance to tackle the issues that fascinate you – while developing an understanding of both the process and the communication of scientific enquiry.

So, by the time you graduate, you’ll have everything you need to open doors for your future. Whether that means progressing to PhD level, becoming a physiologist in a healthcare setting or pursuing a role in teaching, management or research, our MSc Human Physiology can pave the way.

Core units

  • Research Project
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
  • Advanced Aspects of Neuroscience
  • Advanced Nutritional and Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Physiology Techniques
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiology
  • Musculoskeletal Science

Career Prospects

The programme can pave the way to a wide range of opportunities in areas across healthcare, and can also provide a foundation for further specialist study.

Our work with the NHS and clinicians helps us keep our curriculum up to date and clinically relevant, ensuring that our graduates have the skills and knowledge which are vital for the workplace – and sought after by employers.

You’ll have careers support from the moment you join us and for up to three years after you’ve finished your course. We offer a range of services, both within the School of Healthcare Science and through the University’s Careers Service, with dedicated careers and employability advisers you can turn to for guidance and support.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit

Fees and funding

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969