BSc (Hons) Human Physiology

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Overview

With our Human Physiology degree, you’ll develop both a strong theoretical and a practical understanding of physiology, with a particular focus on physical activity and health. You’ll look in-depth at the human body – from the cellular level to the whole person – through specialisms like molecular biology, neuromuscular physiology, cardiovascular science and human movement science.

You’ll also get up to speed with the latest theories about how the body responds to movement, exercise and nutrition. In our high-tech laboratories, you’ll learn how to monitor and scientifically investigate the various physiological systems as bodies come under physical and environmental stress.

The degree combines the Department’s life and health sciences teaching strengths with our internationally regarded research expertise.

This course is also available with a Foundation Year.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Our £3m building for Biomedicine research houses one of the few magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to be found outside a hospital.

Career Prospects

Human Physiology healthcare science graduates may go on to a range of subject-specific careers in the biological, pharmaceutical, clinical, medical, public health and other associated industries. Recent graduates have gone on to secure employment in laboratory/research work, the pharmaceutical industry, education and medical communications.

Your degree will also give you a wide variety of transferable skills that can be applied to non-subject specific career pathways such as in local government, environment agencies, teaching, management and the civil service. For those who wish to continue their studies, we offer a range of postgraduate programmes across the breadth of healthcare sciences.

 

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

A levels ­– BCC-BBC, to include grade C in Biology (including a Pass in A level Biology Practical). General Studies not accepted.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (1080) in Applied Science – DMM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics

The level 2 requirements may also be met through the level 3 course requirements for the course; please contact the University directly if you require further information.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in Science or Medicine, Dentist, Pharmacy and Medical Science with a minimum score of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points including HL 5 in Biology

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Physiology is the study of how organisms work - in this case, humans – and with us, you will study human function from the molecular and cellular level through organs to the whole body. It’s a subject that underpins medical science and as part of this degree, you will consider aspects of pathophysiology, exploring what happens when things go wrong and some of the strategies that are used to treat dysfunction.

The Department has a strong research ethos in many aspects of human physiology and you will benefit from this as you enter your final year and undertake your research project, working alongside leading physiology researchers.

Study Human Physiology with us and you'll emerge as an independent thinker who can apply critical analysis and problem-solving skills to real-world problems.  Your knowledge and skills will prepare you for a range of postgraduate study options, e.g. masters and PhD programmes, as well as employment in a variety of settings, including biological and pharmaceutical industries.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change. In Year 1, typical units may include:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Physiological Systems
  • Research Skills and Employability

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Core Units

Physiological Systems

The Physiological Systems unit introduces students to principles of human physiology at the organ system level with appropriate links to anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and metabolism, disease pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics.

Cell and Molecular Biology

The unit provides a knowledge and understanding of biochemistry including basic organic chemistry. Biological molecules and their importance in cell structure and function are also studied. Students are introduced to microorganisms, with focus on the importance of identification and classification of microbes, and the techniques and skills required for their isolation, enumeration and microscopic examination.

Research Skills and Employability

This unit will lay the foundation for research skills and employability within the physiology, human biosciences and biomedical science sector. It will encompass ethical and legal issues whilst working in scientific research.

Physical Activity and Health

This unit will provide an introduction to a broad range of topics related to physical activity and health. It also allows students to become familiar with current issues and practical skills in the area of physical activity and health.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change. In Year 2, typical units may include:

  • Cellular Physiology
  • Exercise and Environmental Physiology
  • Human Movement Science
  • Neuroscience and Pharmacology
  • Nutritional Physiology

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Core Units

Exercise and Environmental Physiology

This unit aims to expand on knowledge of human and exercise physiology obtained during the first year by examining, in detail, the response of physiological systems to exercise and environmental stress.

Neuroscience and Pharmacology

This unit will cover anatomy and physiology of nervous systems; neurotransmitters and their receptors; neuropharmacology; psychoactive drugs; sensory systems; motor systems; neurological disorders.

Cellular Physiology

Cellular Physiology covers the following general topics: cell structure and function; signal transduction; calcium signalling; ion channels and pumps; membrane potentials; G protein-coupled receptors.

Nutritional Physiology

This unit will focus on the role of different nutrients in the human body. In particular, the role of the different macronutrients in the human body will be focused upon with detailed discussion on the absorption, transport, and storage of macronutrients. Nutrition and diet in relation to health and maintenance of body mass will be emphasised. The dietary requirements for specific population groups will also be considered.

Human Movement Science

This unit will build on basic knowledge of human biomechanics obtained during level 4 by detailed discussion of issues related to human movement and health.

Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change. In Year 3, typical units may include:

  • Project
  • Current Issues in Physiology
  • Cardiovascular Science

Typical optional units may include:

  • Physiology of Development and Ageing
  • Advanced Cellular and Human Neuroscience

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Core Units

Project

This unit allows all final year students to plan and undertake either a laboratory based research project or a library based dissertation in an area of their own interest.  Students have the opportunity to develop a research question, plan an appropriate investigation and undertake that investigation under the guidance of an allocated supervisor.

Current Issues in Physiology

In this unit, students will study advanced topics in physiology, concentrating on aspects of current focus and strategic importance in scientific, public, governing and healthcare communities.

Cardiovascular Science

This unit will explore current issues related to the area of Cardiovascular Science. It investigates the physiology, pathophysiology and treatment of a range of cardiovascular diseases.

Option Units

Physiology of Development and Ageing

This unit will explore a variety of current issues related to the ageing and development process on physiological systems and the
implications of an ageing population on public health.

Advanced Cellular and Human Neuroscience

This unit will cover cellular physiology in the context of health and disease in neuromuscular, cardiovascular, renal and nervous systems.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Assessment

Additional information about this course

This degree is accredited by the Royal Society of Biology as meeting in part the academic and experience requirement for membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status.

Placement options

The course offers real flexibility, as you will enrol on the three-year course and then decide if a placement is right for you once you have started your studies. If you opt to undertake a placement, your course will normally be four years full-time. Placements are not guaranteed or included as part of the course, as you would be required to source your own placement if you would like to undertake one.

Department of Life Sciences

Our Department of Life Sciences boasts an international reputation, outstanding record in teaching and research, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, internationally recognised research and strong links to partners like the NHS, and individual hospitals and clinicians.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £4125 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing. You will be provided with a laboratory coat and safety glasses on commencement of your studies.

Placement Costs

There is no placement associated with this programme. Should you choose to undertake a year out in industry as work experience, separate to your academic programme, you will step off the programme for the duration of this activity.

Professional Costs

You may wish to join the Royal Society of Biology or the Physiological Society, particularly in your final year.

Other Costs

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Funding

For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

B121

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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