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Physiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

We have 45 Physiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK 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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Funded PhD - Is faulty fibre function to blame for fibromyalgia? – tracking down chronic pain to its source

Chronic pain is growing epidemic associated with an “opioid crisis” caused by the harms of current pain killers. There is an urgent need to better understand pain mechanisms in patients, to inform personalised treatments. Read more

Funded PhD - Cannabinoids in the ticking network of the brainstem satiety centre

Life on Earth is subordinate to periodic alterations in the environment, with most notable changes seen from day to night. To react, anticipate, and adapt to these cyclic changes, living organisms evolved endogenous 24h timekeeping mechanisms named circadian clocks. Read more
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PhD studentship - An investigation into mechanisms of spinal cord stimulation action using closed-loop and neuropathic pain models in rats

Overview. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is used as a safe and effective option for multiple, refractory, chronic neuropathic pain disorders, but the mechanisms of action of SCS are still to be fully elucidated. Read more

Understanding how disease-causing NMDA-R mutations influence synaptic development and function across brain regions

Neurodevelopmental disorders are a major global health burden. One main challenge is understanding how, despite influencing the same genes, individual mutations can cause distinct symptoms, that emerge at distinct stages of development. Read more

The feasibility and health benefits of a walking football programme in older adults

Summary. Non-communicable diseases are projected to rise in line with the ageing demographic. Research has shown that engaging older adults in regular and structured physical activity might present a key challenge for health professionals. Read more

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