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Physiology is a rapidly advancing and exciting subject area. Just how important is physiology? It’s the only biological science for which you can win a Nobel Prize!
Physiology explains how normal cells, tissues and organisms function. It provides the foundation on which we build our knowledge about life, so we can recognise problems and develop new treatments.
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The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physiology is a highly regarded programme available to students who have achieved a high standard of academic performance in the Bachelor of Science. It is a prestigious qualification that students frequently pursue when aspiring to a research or academic career and planning to undertake doctoral study, but it can also be used as a final qualification.
You’ll learn about the biological processes important in living systems, and you’ll also master a wide range of transferable technical and scientific skills. The critical thinking, planning and analysis needed in science, and the communication skills involved in writing about and presenting science, are highly valued in other fields.
Physiology is key if you want to work in human or animal health sciences. Physiology graduates work in many fields.
Can you picture yourself conducting vital research in universities, Crown Research Institutes or pharmaceutical or biotech companies? If you really want to go far, you could even be a research physiologist in outer space, discovering how the body adapts to zero gravity. What about working in one of the world’s growth industries – healthcare? You can specialise in nutrition, toxicology, pharmacy, radiography, physiotherapy, nursing, or public and environmental health. How about teaching in schools or hospitals? Or you may fancy a career in the medical, veterinary or food industries, a job in medical writing, or in the active world of sport science, exercise and recreation.
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