BSc Physiological Science (B120)

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UCAS code B120
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 44 overall
Intercalation This course is available for intercalation

About BSc Physiological Science

Physiology is the study of body function - how cell, tissue and organ function are integrated in the whole individual. Physiology is an experimental, scientific discipline of general educational value and is of fundamental importance in medicine and health related sciences.

This degree builds on core units and progresses to the final year, when you will be studying at the forefront of current research in physiology. You can also take a variety of optional units.

Year one introduces the principles of cellular physiology and considers the functions of the major body systems and how drugs affect these systems. The second year covers neurophysiology, cellular physiology and integrative physiology. All units are enhanced by a full programme of practical classes which are supported by our innovative on-line dynamic lab manual, eBiolabs and human patient simulators.

Third year seminar courses are taught by research-active staff at the cutting edge of current research. Topics include the cardiovascular system, brain and behaviour and the future of molecular medicine. You will also complete a practical project chosen from a wide range of topics.

A fully integrated programme of activities, such as computer, verbal, written and presentation skills, will develop your transferable personal and professional skills.

This course is available for intercalation.

More about Physiology

Find out more about studying Physiology at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

You will take two core units:

  • Understanding body function - how cells, tissues and all the major systems of the body work within the individual
  • Pharmacology - the basis of drug action.
  • Optional units from anatomical science, pharmacology, neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology

Second year core units are: 

  • Neurophysiology - central nervous system function including motor control and special senses
  • Developmental and cellular physiology of the specialised cell - how cells perform different functions
  • Integrative physiology - specialised topics such as stress, exercise and ageing
  • Biomedical research employability and enterprise skills
  • Optional units from anatomical science, human anatomy, pharmacology or an open unit, e.g. a modern language

Third year

You will take three optional units taught at the cutting edge of current research from:

  • Sensational neuroscience
  • The Heart in health and disease
  • Neuroscience of pain
  • The future of molecular medicine
  • Brain and behaviour
  • The cardiovascular system in health and disease
  • New Horizons in Medicine
  • Let's go with the flow, the urinary tract from beginning to end.

All students undertake a research project.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physiological Science

Typical offer for BSc Physiological Science - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including two science subjects, one of which can be Mathematics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
ABB including two science subjects, one of which can be Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 5 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5, 5 in two science/mathematics subjects at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in each of two sciences, and 15 credits at Merit. Health and Social Care or Health Science may also be acceptable; please contact Admissions for guidance regarding your Access course's content.
BTEC offer DDD in Science including Distinction in science units, plus grade B at A-level in a lab-based science
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB; A in science subjects preferred
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% average with 8 in two science subjects
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade B in Mathematics and two sciences; grade C in English Language. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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