What will I learn?

The Foundation Year in Science is offered as an entry route to a biology, biomedical sciences, environmental or public health degree for students who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study. You enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course. If you complete this year successfully you progress directly to one of our three-year degree courses in this subject area. The number of students who progress to degree study are very high and in fact have gone on to become some of our most successful graduates.


Physiology is a scientific discipline that’s essential to medical practice and human health. Our degree will give you a theoretical understanding of bodily functions, from cells and tissues through to organ systems. You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of academics and clinical practitioners, using a wide range of learning styles. The course will focus on the diagnosis of disease, assessment of human fitness, and performance under difficult environmental conditions.

You’ll also learn a wide range of analytical techniques that are most often used in clinical settings and in research on body functions. Additionally, you’ll develop the skills to record and securely store data sets – all transferable skills employers are looking for.

Our specialist Hatchcroft Building is outfitted with cutting-edge facilities and you’ll have access to all the labs and equipment there. You’ll get the experience of working with the latest industry equipment from the very start.

How is the BSc Medical Physiology taught?

  • Lectures will introduce you to key information and knowledge
  • Seminars will reinforce the knowledge provided in lectures by undertaking problem solving exercises and group discussions
  • Laboratory classes will help you acquire practical and research skills
  • Group or individual tutorials will be tailor-made sessions addressing specific subject areas as the need arises and helping you to develop communication, leadership and team-working skills
  • Individual projects will take place in the final year and all projects will be supervised by an appropriate academic and designed to help you develop your critical thinking and research skills.


Your knowledge and understanding is assessed by both summative and formative assessments, which include seminar presentations, written assignments including laboratory reports, portfolios, group project, dissertation, practical and theory examinations.


Great emphasis is placed on ensuring that you acquire the graduate skills required by employers throughout your course and there is a variety of careers open to you once you graduate including:

  • Applied Physiologist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Physiologist
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Practitioner
  • Clinical Scientist specialising in cardiac science or neurophysiology
  • Exercise Physiologist

Typical employers of medical physiology graduates include the armed forces, NHS, health and fitness industry, research centres and academic institutions and, medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Which department am I in?

Natural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£14,000.00 (US$ 19,269) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

19 September 2022


Hendon Campus

The Burroughs,



NW4 4BT, England

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.