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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Physiology (Human)

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Course Summary


Muscle and bone. Brains and biochemistry. The fuel we consume and the air we breathe. Develop an expert understanding of the systems and organs that make humans tick. Our MSc Human Physiology course offers a detailed look at physiology, letting you explore the fundamental systems of human life.

On this masters course, you’ll build advanced knowledge of different systems or specialisms. You will not only learn how our bodies work, but you’ll also develop the key techniques and technologies for investigating normal and abnormal physiology. From the lab-based work that helps to develop new treatments and therapies to the clinical care that touches (and saves) lives.

You will have the opportunity to deep dive into a topic of your choice with an independent research project. You will be able to tackle the issues that fascinate you – exploring areas that match your personal interests and career ambitions.

Every strand of medical practice and research starts by understanding the systems of the human body. So, while physiology is a specialist subject – developed in cutting-edge labs, with the guidance of leaders in their fields – it’s also a versatile foundation for a broad range of different futures.

Our MSc Human Physiology aims to allow you to pursue a range of career paths when you graduate. From progressing to PhD level or becoming a physiologist in a healthcare setting to pursuing a role in teaching, management or research.


The programme can pave the way to a wide range of opportunities in areas across healthcare, and can also provide a foundation for further specialist study.

Our work with the NHS and clinicians helps us keep our curriculum up to date and clinically relevant, ensuring that our graduates have the skills and knowledge which are vital for the workplace – and sought after by employers.

Career prospects include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Graduate Entry Medicine;
  • Physician Associate;
  • Healthcare Scientist (via Scientist Training Programme) in specialisms such as Cardiac Science, Gastrointestinal Physiology, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences, Vascular Science, Neurophysiology, Audiology;
  • PhD research
  • Careers in industry – biosciences
  • Exercise & sports scientist
  • Nutritionist

You’ll have careers support from the moment you join us and for up to three years after you’ve finished your course. We offer a range of services, both in the Department of Life Sciences and through the University’s Careers Service, with dedicated careers and employability advisers you can turn to for guidance and support. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.


This unit presents students with the opportunity to learn technical skills across a range of techniques used in physiological research. These techniques will then be applied by students to address classic and/or current research challenges.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in biological, physiological or biomedical science. We might also consider your application if you have a lower standard or unrelated degree if you also have relevant experience.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Met. The University offers more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and has 14 centres of research expertise. The campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy Manchester, a city world-renowned for its...more

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