UCL Biosciences

1st Year Students 2015

Will you be starting a new undergraduate course in UCL Biosciences this September?

For further information, including induction week timetables and joining instructions, please see our Undergraduate Induction Week webpages.

IBSc Physiology (UCL Medical Students Only)



Physiology is essential to understand how we survive and adapt to a vast array of different conditions and environments. Pregnancy, high altitude, deep sea diving, trekking across a desert, exercise or even making the transition from life in the womb to life outside all require major changes to our physiological state. Medicine requires an in depth understanding of physiology to understand the causes and effects of different disease processes.

The Physiology IBSc Programme is designed to provide a strong basic training in the cellular and systems physiology. Teaching is research-led and students will supplement their studies by reading original research papers and reviews published in the scientific literature. All students must undertake a laboratory or library research project in physiology.

Physiology Programme Handbook

(Please note this is the 2015-16 version which will be updated in the summer.In 2016-17, the minimum mark you must achieve in your 2nd year in order to undertake a laboratory project is 60%. This will be updated in 2016-17 handbook).

What You Will Study

 Core Module:

  • PHOL3902 Library Project in Physiology


  • PHOL3904 Laboratory Research Project in Physiology

Further project information can be found on the project page.

Plus a choice of optional modules from a wide range, such as:

  • PHOL3001 Respiration in Health and Disease
  • PHOL3002 Heart and Circulation
  • PHOL3004 Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
  • PHOL3006 The Cellular Basis of Brain Function
  • PHOL3009 Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology
  • PHOL3011 Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function
  • PHOL3016 Cell Polarity and Disease
  • CELL3001 Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • CELL3050 Advanced Molecular Cell Biology
  • ANAT3042 Pain
  • NEUR3031 The Control of Movement
  • NEUR3045 Visual Neuroscience

Further Information

For further information on how to apply, please see the Medical School Application page

For further information on the programme please contact:

IBSc Physiology Tutor: Dr Ian Edwards, Email: i.edwards@ucl.ac.uk

IBSc Physiology Administrator: Anushka Magan, Email: a.magan@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)203 108 1034