UCL Division of Biosciences


IBSc Physiology (UCL Medical Students Only)Introduction

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.

What You Will Study

 Core Module:

  • Library Project in Physiology


  • Laboratory Research Project in Physiology


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

  • Respiration in Health and Disease
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Cell Signalling in Health and Disease
  • The Cellular Basis of Brain Function
  • Space Medicine and Extreme Environment Physiology
  • Autonomic and Central Control of Cardiorespiratory Function
  • Cell Polarity and Disease
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Advanced Molecular Cell Biology
  • Pain
  • The Control of Movement
  • 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: Nick Clarke, Email: n.m.clarke@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: +44(0)207 679 3751