Undergraduate

Physiology

Learn about the molecular and cellular machinery that makes up your body, as well as how it works in everyday life and what causes disease.

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Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia(M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

Country callers

1800 653 050

Email

[email protected]

Hours

8.30am – 5pm AWST, Monday – Friday

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

Career Pathways

A Physiology major can lead to careers in the biomedical industry and in research laboratories. There is growing demand for physiology graduates to investigate the action of genes in the body. Physiology graduates are well prepared for a range of professional careers requiring postgraduate study, such as medicine, pharmacy and clinical audiology. Opportunities exist for employment as scientists in commercial organisations or in sales associated with these types of organisations and in public science education. If you have combined your major with qualifications in the area of sport science or exercise and health, you could also find a career in health promotion and fitness.
A Physiology major can lead to careers in the biomedical industry and in research laboratories. There is growing demand for physiology graduates to investigate the action of genes in the body. Physiology graduates are well prepared for a range of professional careers requiring postgraduate study, such as medicine, pharmacy and clinical audiology. Opportunities exist for employment as scientists in commercial organisations or in sales associated with these types of organisations and in public science education. If you have combined your major with qualifications in the area of sport science or exercise and health, you could also find a career in health promotion and fitness.
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Further Study

As with most biomedical disciplines, your employment prospects will be enhanced by further study at honours or postgraduate level. Other study options include Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science, Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science, Master of Forensic Science, Master of Clinical Audiology, combined Master of Clinical Audiology and PhD, Master of Nursing Science and the Master of Teaching.
As with most biomedical disciplines, your employment prospects will be enhanced by further study at honours or postgraduate level. Other study options include Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science, Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science, Master of Forensic Science, Master of Clinical Audiology, combined Master of Clinical Audiology and PhD, Master of Nursing Science and the Master of Teaching.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Domestic Fees

Undergraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Course Credit Points
144
Annual Credit Points
48
Average Annual Fee - 2017
$8,568.00
Typical Fee Range - 2017
$7,699.00 - $9,292.00
Average Annual Fee - 2016
$8,301.00
Typical Fee Range - 2016
$7,460.00 - $9,017.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for UWA bachelor’s degrees with a required Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 80.00.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for school-leaver entry to UWA you are required to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education and obtain the minimum ATAR to gain a place in your chosen degree.

Mathematics requirement

This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Applications ATAR

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

How does your body cope with stresses such as intense exercise, blood loss and dehydration? How does your nervous system respond to the world around you? What controls movement within the body and locomotion of the body itself? This major provides answers to these questions and teaches you how the human body works.

About The Course

The Physiology major gives students a detailed understanding of how the human body works at cellular, tissue, organ and system levels. Physiology takes a mechanistic approach, describing the body as a machine.
Physiology

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Albany (selected Level 1 units)
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours teaching time plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-PHYGY
TISC Codes
  • UWBPH
  • UWSCI
Physiology
Status
  • Available 2017
Locations
  • Albany (selected Level 1 units)
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours teaching time plus your own study time
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-PHYGY
TISC Codes
  • UWBPH
  • UWSCI
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science
Faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Physiology

About the student experience on this course

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