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We have 187 Physiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

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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Sexual dimorphisms in ageing

Sex is a key determinant of almost all aspects of animal physiology. Fundamental biological differences between males and females result in sexually dimorphic responses across a diverse array of phenotypes including ageing. Read more

Genetics: Investigating the functional effect of novel genes and genetic variants in malignant hyperthermia susceptibility using model systems

Malignant hyperthermia (MH) is an inherited condition, where patients exposed to anaesthetic drugs are susceptible to a dramatic hyperthermic and hypermetabolic response that can contribute to a significant proportion of post-operative morbidity and deaths. Read more

PhD in Ion Channel Biology

  Research Group: Smooth Muscle Research Group
Fully Funded PhD Studentship Smooth Muscle Research Centre (SMRC), Dundalk, Ireland. The Smooth Muscle Research Centre in Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland comprises a cross-disciplinary research team focused on the regulation of ion channels in health & disease. Read more

Automated Assessment of Wound Perfusion

Impaired wound perfusion is a risk factor for delayed wound healing and Surgical Site Infection (SSI). Currently assessment of wound perfusion is a complex clinical skill, which requires specific training and impacts on the clinical decision making process. Read more
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Thyroid hormone regulation of heart rate and cardiac function.

Thyroid hormones are key endogenous regulators of heart rate and contractility. Low levels of thyroid hormones in the blood result in a slow heart rate and reduced contractility and this is evident in hypothyroidism. Read more

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