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We have 16 Physiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Bristol

A PhD in Physiology will involve in-depth research on aspects that relate to how an organisms function. You could also be looking at how changes in the external environment effect these functions.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Physiology?

Physiology combines new and cutting-edge technology with traditional studies to recognise and research aspects on the whole organism level.

Some popular Physiology research topics are

  • Genomics
  • Informatics
  • Ovarian physiology
  • Skeletal muscle physiology
  • Diabetes
  • Imaging

By the time you finish a PhD in Physiology, you’ll have gained the experience and understanding of physiological systems.

Like most STEM subjects, Physiology PhDs also come attached with a research aim already defined. Be sure to research well into the scope of the project to make sure it aligns with your interests and qualifications.

You’ll usually be asked to submit an 80,000-word thesis to be defended during an oral viva examination at the end of your PhD.

In the UK, you might be asked to register to an MPhil to begin with. You will be able to upgrade to a PhD after your first year if your supervisor feels your work meets a certain standard.

Entry requirements

You’re required to have a Second-Class Bachelors degree in basic science courses to gain entry into a PhD in Physiology. You might be considered if you have a Lower Second Class degree if you also a Maters with at least a Merit qualification.

Depending on where you study, you might have to submit language test results to show proficiency in the language of instruction at your university.

PhD in Physiology funding options

A PhD in Physiology in the UK is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) who offer fully-funded studentships along with a monthly stipend. If you’re applying to a PhD with attached funding, you’ll receive guaranteed funding if you are successful in your application.

PhD in Physiology careers

Most Physiology doctoral graduates go on to continue research as postdoctoral research fellows or in academia. If you wish the industry, there are jobs as in industrial research, scientific publishing and pharmaceutical consulting available for you.

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PHD / MSCR PROJECT: How neurones engage astrocytes in network activity

It is now firmly established that in the mammalian brain neuronal networks cannot successfully perform their functions without concomitant metabolic and signalling support from the adjacent glial cells, called astrocytes. Read more

SELF-FUNDING MSc BY RESEARCH PROJECT: Probing the projections of different types of dopamine neurons

What makes one neuron different from another? How can we define different “types” of cells? Are cell types important?. In Parkinson’s disease some dopamine neurons seem to be more vulnerable to neurodegeneration. Read more

MScR - Determining the genetic and circadian basis of bipolar disorder using Drosophila

Circadian rhythms and sleep are evolutionarily conserved from fruit flies (Drosophila) and are fundamental as well as vital to biology and health (Jagannath et al., 2017; Menet and Rosbash, 2011). Read more

MScR - Astrocyte mechanisms in depression

Depression is the most common mental health illness affecting about 20% of the population at least once in their lifetime. Depression has been proposed to be a result of a decreased level of brain monoamines such as serotonin. Read more

MScR: How does dopamine signalling shape behaviour?

“Shall I go and get something to eat?” At some point in the past few hours, this question may have crossed your mind. Our ability to move towards our goals, and the motivational decisions that regulate these movements, define almost every aspect of our lives. Read more

MScR - Early-life stress, susceptibility to mental health disorders and glia: central immune response in a rat model of pre-term birth

Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental health disorders affecting 1 in 4 people in the UK. Depression is the second most common cause of disability and together with other mental health disorders costs the UK economy an estimated £105 billion per year. Read more

Modulation of neuronal circuits using non-invasive ultrasound stimulation

The research project is based on recent functional studies that conclusively demonstrated the capacity of transcranial low-intensity ultrasound stimulation to reversibly activate or suppress neural activity with high spatial specificity in vivo. Read more

Advanced analytics applied to endoscopic analysis of equine upper airway function

The project. Upper airway obstructions (‘wind problems’) affect the health, welfare and performance of racehorses and are best evaluated by performing endoscopy, however, assessment is subjective, attracting variable agreement. Read more

MScR: Dynamic cell and tissue responses to damage: understanding tissue repair and inflammation

Our lab is interested in the fundamental mechanisms used by cells and tissues to recover from damage. The ability to rapidly repair after injury is a key feature of many tissues, including the skin. Read more

Role of circadian rhythm in skeletal ageing

Conditions associated with skeletal ageing including the bone fragility disorder osteoporosis and the joint degenerative condition osteoarthritis affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Read more

Evaluation of cardiac safety features of over-the-counter medications

It is now well-established that a number of prescription medications are linked to a low, but significant risk of alterations to the QT interval of the electrocardiogram and with an associated dangerous arrhythmia called torsades de pointes. Read more

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