Physiology with Industrial Placement

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


First Year: Students take level 1 courses in Chemistry and Medical Sciences, plus additional courses selected from the science programme and other areas.

Second Year: Human Physiology courses commence. Two courses cover the Physiology of Human Cells and Human Organ Systems. Parallel recommended courses include Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, combined with courses delivering key skills applicable to Physiology.

Third Year: Modules taken in the first half-session of the third year in Physiology build on the modules taken at level 2 by enhancing students' understanding of the major physiological systems within the mammalian body. Modules taken in the second half-session will provide detailed insights into specific areas of mainstream physiology, a theme that is continued into the first half-session of the Physiology fourth year.

A series of core Biomedical Science courses - Molecules, Membranes and Cells, Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology, and Integrative Neuroscience - are accompanied by specialised courses in Physiology which concentrate on the response of the human body to extreme environments, cardiovascular physiology and epithelial physiology.

Fourth Year (Honours): The options selected at level 3 are continued with advanced studies in Physiology. A large part of the Honours year is taken up with a full-time research project which may be laboratory or library based. This is where students get a feel for what a career in research is like and whether they are suited to it.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

4 Highers at AAAB (by end of S5) including 2 maths or science subjects plus English, Maths and Chemistry or Physics at National 5.

For advanced entry to year 2, you would require 3 Advanced Highers at AAB including Biology and Chemistry.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

5 years


Life Sciences and Medicine


Biological Sciences

SCQF Level