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BSc (Hons) Medical Physiology

Course overview

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Biological and Medical Sciences

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Our medical physiology course offers you an exceptional opportunity to study the complex anatomy and detailed function of the human body in both health and disease.

We place a strong emphasis on learning all about the body’s structure and functions, with a particular focus on anatomy, histology, biochemistry and pharmacology.

We’ll give you a practical insight into the techniques and instrumentation used to investigate the human body in varying states of health and disease, such as fitness tests, chest X-rays and electrocardiograms (ECG), which measure the electrical activity of the heart.

You’ll examine life support systems and have the chance to earn a first-aid qualification. You’ll also discover what happens when body systems break down and how this can lead to disease.

You’ll have the option to take our four-year placement course, which features a year’s work experience, normally in a laboratory, after your second year. We’ve seen how such placements often lead to full-time jobs.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BSc degree, you have the option of taking an extended four-year version of this course. You’ll begin by taking a Bioscience foundation year which will prepare you for the BSc degree.


UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

B121

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Clearing Scholarships

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2nd

in London

We are rated the 2nd top university in London for Medical Physiology, only behind King's College London. This includes a fantastic 88% student satisfaction. (The Guardian League Table, Anatomy and Physiology, 2018)

£2.4m

Investment in facilities

You'll work in our recently refurbished bioscience teaching laboratory. The lab is proving a major resource and will have a great impact on your student experience.

Industry links

We have strong links with The Physiological Society - a professional body that offers student membership and opportunities for you to present your research work and attend courses to enhance your skills.

EnquireVisit UEL

Agnieszka Lucarz

Medical Physiology, BSc (Hons)

I’ve had a great time at UEL and enjoyed my medical physiology degree. The anatomy and physiology has given me a strong basis for further studies, particularly relevant for my present medical degree at Aberdeen University.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,700
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects. Must include Grade B in A Level Biology or Chemistry
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma in relevant subjects, or at least Merit in relevant subjects
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level, must include Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths and Double Science Grade 4 / C (See below for accepted equivalences)

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3 and must include Biology or Chemistry at Level 3

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

In short, you’ll study the anatomy and functions of the human body in sickness and in health.

Along with all your fellow students in your first year, you’ll study physiology, biochemistry, human anatomy, cell biology and genetics to equip you with an excellent all-round grounding.

In year two, you’ll study more advanced areas of biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and histology and be introduced to pharmacology, disease processes and immunology.

At the end of that year, you’ll have the option of a year-long placement in a laboratory away from the University, either in the UK or abroad. This could be in a hospital or research institute or at a food, medical or industrial company.

In your final year, you’ll focus more on diseases of the systems of the body and be able to specialise in optional subjects such as toxicology, exercise or neuropharmacology. You’ll also complete a major research project.


What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.
By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.

Academic & Communication Skills (core)
Essential Maths & ICT (core)
Human Biology (core)    
Chemistry of Life (core)
Professional Practice in Science (Mental Wealth)
Essential Chemistry
Cell Biology
Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Fundamentals in Human Anatomy and Physiology
Fundamentals in Microbiology
Level 4 Short Work Placement
Infection and Immunity
Physiological Regulation
Fundamental & Experimental Pharmacology
Functional Anatomy
Cellular Biochemistry
Research and Career Development (Mental Wealth)
Year Long Placement (Sandwich Year)
Level 5 Short Work Placement
This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.


Cellular Pathology
Clinical Physiology
Applied Physiology
Research Project and Career Enhancement Portfolio (Mental Wealth)
Neuropsychopharmacology & Emerging Therapeutics
Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Pharmacology
Toxicology
Exercise Physiology Techniques
Level 6 Short Work Placement
 

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.


In your third year, you’ll either take five core modules or undertake a work placement. We’ll assess you accordingly. 

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

We aim to make our course an enjoyable and compelling learning experience, throughout which youll be guided by experts who are as enthusiastic about their subject as they are knowledgeable.

Experts such as Course Leader Dr Mohammed Meah, whos researching the bodys response to stress, and Dr Geoff Webb, an author of books on nutrition.

To make our course extra stimulating, we organise external visits such as a day in the dissecting room at St Georges Hospital, and we invite guest experts to speak to you. Major international company ADInstruments, for instance, gave a workshop on the methods of measuring biological data from humans.

Our close association with the professional body, The Physiological Society, opens up opportunities, too.

Some of our students have made waves by presenting their research at the Societys meetings, while others have received grants, enabling them to attend specialist courses in in vivo and in vitro experimentation.

Your final-year research projects will be your showcase for future employers, demonstrating your ability to generate and interpret new data on subjects such as the cause and diagnosis of diseases.

In your extensive lab studies, youll benefit from the superb specialised equipment at our Stratford campus, particularly relating to cardiovascular and respiratory research.

Your future career

We’ve worked hard to ensure that this course will be the perfect launch-pad for your future career. Employers recognise the quality of the scientists we produce at UEL and graduates of our course have landed jobs at Hammersmith Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital, among others.

If you take the option of the one-year work placement, you’ll be in a good position to go on to full-time employment in the same organisation, as many of our graduates have done in the past.

The thorough grounding you’ll receive in physiology and the transferable skills you’ll learn will open up all sorts of career avenues to you, as Isaac Mwita found.

This 2012 graduate reckons the practical knowledge he acquired in investigating the workings of the human respiratory system during our course was largely responsible for securing him a job as a clinical physiologist in the lung function unit of London’s Royal Brompton Hospital.

Our students have gone into a variety of jobs in clinical physiology, medicine, radiography, physiotherapy and teaching. In addition, the industrial and pharmaceutical industries are always on the look-out for physiologists.

You might decide to study for a further degree in a related subject, either an MSc or PhD, or embark on a research career in the biological or medical fields. There’s always the possibility that, with further study, you could become a doctor or dentist.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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