Physiology

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2017: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 400

Leaving Certificate:
  • O3/H6 in Mathematics
  • O3/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

Physiology is an area of biology related to how the human body works. Physiologists are interested in how the cells and organs of the body operate and how their incredible array of processes co-operate to enable our bodies to function under normal and challenging circumstances. Physiologists are, therefore, at the forefront of medical research and the search for a better understanding of disease processes.

At UCD, Physiology students acquire a thorough understanding of the organs of the body, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and how they function, interact and respond to the internal and external environment.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Physiology graduates go on to establish careers in the following areas:

  • Biomedical research in the university system or other government-run operations
  • Pharmaceutical industry-based research and development
  • Clinical trials
  • Pharmaceutical industry sales

Physiology graduates regularly gain places on graduate-entry Medicine and other allied healthcare degree courses. UCD provides opportunities for graduate physiological research at the Master’s or PhD level. Research into basic physiological mechanisms takes place but the research focus is on translational research, i.e. the research that enhances our understanding of human disease that leads to advances in the improvement of human health.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for a degree in Physiology. Topics include neurophysiology, metabolic biochemistry, membrane biology, respiratory physiology and cardiovascular physiology.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Optional Science modules
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Physiology
  • + 2 Other Science Subjects
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Physiology
  • Elective modules

Fourth Year

  • Physiology (includes a research project in a laboratory setting)

All Science courses are full time, with many student timetables running from 9.00am to 5.00pm or later. Depending on the subject choices, a weekly timetable can include lectures, practicals and tutorials.

Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

For detailed information on subject content click the relevant link below:
First Year
Second Year
Third – Fourth Year

International Study Opportunities

Physiology students have spent time studying at the following universities:

  • San Jose State University, USA
  • University of Queensland, Australia

Testimonial

“Having come into UCD with no other certainty bar loving Biology, DN200 Science really was a great option. I am currently a second year student and would like to study Physiology for the final two years of my degree. I believe the level of academic teaching is outstanding and I love learning how various organs of the body work, including the heart, lungs and intestinal tract. UCD has opened up a whirlwind of opportunities for me. I have spent a year as a Residential Assistant, I am a Student Ambassador and Student Leader, I have acted as a Peer Mentor and this summer I am going to volunteer in a school in Tanzania with UCDVO. I’m really glad I chose UCD and couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else!”

Celine Camon Student

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