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Physiology Stage 2 (POC2)

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)
Academic Year 2024/2025
Internships Available
Study Abroad
Sustainable Development Goals
Duration:
4 Year(s)
Next Intake:
2024/2025 September
General Entry Requirements (A-Level)

ABB / BBBD /
BBB + D AS Level

General Entry Requirements (IB)

29

Subject Requirements (Mathematics)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Subject Requirements (Laboratory Science)

GCSE A / A Level D

(or AS Level C)
IB SL 6 / HL 4

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
Visit the UCD Global Undergraduate Entry Requirements webpage.

Curricular information is subject to change.

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.

Information on all our courses including pathways, internships and careers information is available in the UCD Science Undergraduate Courses Entry 2024 Brochure (PDF).

About this Course

Physiology is one of the degree subjects available through the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream in the common entry Science course. Students study similar modules for all degree subjects in the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream in first year and will study modules for a minimum of two degree subjects in second year. At the end of second year, students choose their degree major. Assuming students meet all the academic requirements in first and second year, students are guaranteed a degree subject from the stream they are studying in second year. We do our best to ensure that students go on to study their top degree subject choice. As we offer plenty of degree subjects in each stream, students have a number of similar degree subjects to choose from as their degree major. For more information on choosing a degree major at the end of Second Year, visit the Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences stream page.

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 module
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).

Timetables & Assessment

Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.

Below is a list of all modules offered for this degree in the current academic year. Click on the module to discover what you will learn in the module, how you will learn and assessment feedback profile amongst other information.

Incoming Stage 1 undergraduates can usually select an Elective in the Spring Trimester. Most continuing undergraduate students can select up to two Elective modules (10 Credits) per stage. There is also the possibility to take up to 10 extra Elective credits.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
BMOL20060 Biomolecular Lab Skills 1 Autumn

5

BMOL20090 Molecular Genetics and Biotech Autumn

5

BMOL20110 Biomolecular Sciences Autumn

5

PHYS20040 An introduction to Physiology: Human cells and tissues Autumn

5

PHYS20030 An Introduction to Physiology: Organs and Systems Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options
     
CHEM20090 Chemistry for Biology Autumn

5

PHYC10070 Foundations of Physics Autumn

5

Stage 2 Options
     
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
NEUR30080 Neuromuscular and Membrane Biology Autumn

5

PHYS30010 Cardiovascular Physiology Autumn

5

PHYS30090 Digestion and Excretion Autumn

5

STAT20070 Data Modelling for Science Autumn

5

PHYS30020 Respiratory Physiology Spring

5

PHYS30040 Endocrine Physiology Spring

5

PHYS30190 Experimental Physiology Spring

5

PHYS30270 The Brain and Motor Control Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options
     
BMOL30040 Receptor-mediated cell signalling Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

PHAR30010 Chemotherapeutic Agents Autumn

5

PHAR30080 Pharmacology of Neurodegenerative and Psychiatric Illness Autumn

5

ZOOL30030 Evolutionary Biology Autumn

5

ANAT20010 Clinical Human Anatomy III Spring

5

BIOC30030 Biochemist's Toolkit Spring

5

BMOL30020 Molecular basis of disease Spring

5

GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease Spring

5

PHAR30050 Experimental and therapeutic strategies in molecular pharmacology Spring

5

RDGY30520 Medical Imaging (Clin/Res) Spring

5

Stage 3 Options
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
PHYS40170 Fundamentals of Physiological Research Autumn

5

PHYS40270 Physiology Journal Club Autumn

5

PHYS40060 Physiology Research Project Spring

20

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options
     
BMOL30030 Regulation of Gene Expression Autumn

5

MEIN30240 Bioinformatics Autumn

5

NEUR40020 Physiology of Synaptic Plasticity Autumn

5

PATH40020 Clinical Biomarkers Autumn

5

PHYS30110 Adaptation to hypoxia: high altitude and lessons for disease Autumn

5

PHYS30180 Physiological Genomics Autumn

5

PHYS30280 Psychiatric and Neurological brain disorders Autumn

5

SCI30080 Professional Placement-Science Autumn

5

ANAT20010 Clinical Human Anatomy III Spring

5

BIOC30030 Biochemist's Toolkit Spring

5

BMOL30020 Molecular basis of disease Spring

5

GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease Spring

5

GENE40030 Advanced Mechanisms of Gene Regulation Spring

5

NEUR40030 Modulation of Synaptic Signalling Spring

5

PHAR30020 Endocrine, Renal and Reproductive Pharmacology Spring

5

PHAR30050 Experimental and therapeutic strategies in molecular pharmacology Spring

5

PHYS30250 Haemostasis and Thrombosis Spring

5

PHYS30260 The Physiology of Disease Spring

5

RDGY30520 Medical Imaging (Clin/Res) Spring

5

MDSA30280 SSRA Research Elective I Summer

5

Physiology students have spent time studying at the following universities:

  • San Jose State University, USA
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Students have the opportunity to complete a Professional Placement module worth 5 credits. This module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a placement in industry (6-10 weeks) in the summer following Third Year.

    Students have also completed research projects as part of the UCD School of Medicine Student Summer Research Awards competition.



    More information about the internship module and application process.


    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.

    The following advice is for Non-EU applicants. For Irish/EU/UK students, please apply via MyUCD.

    The following entry route(s) are available:
     
    Science: Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences Stream (BLS1)
    Undergraduate Degree (Non EU)
    Entry in Sep 2024
    Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from Oct 2023 Apply

    By studying an undergraduate degree in the Science programme, you will be joining a global community of scientists and will be taught by world-class researchers at the forefront of research in one of the most innovative and diverse programmes in Ireland, encompassing biology, sustainability, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics and computer science. Faculty who teach on the Science programme draw on their research to provide an inclusive and equitable education for scientists who will be leaders and innovators in a range of industries and research institutes working towards a sustainable and equitable future. 

    The curriculum is informed by the following research:

    • Exploring and understanding the processes that drive and can mitigate and enable adaptation to global change from evolutionary, environmental and social perspectives at levels ranging from molecular and genetic to individual, ecosystem and landscape

    • Translating fundamental discoveries to a greater understanding of health and disease, with the ultimate aim of informing novel drug discovery

    • Performing fundamental and applied research with a focus on current societal challenges including the energy transition, environmental change, geohazards and access to natural resources

    The College of Science offers a range of degree subjects within the Science and Sustainability common entry courses that embed sustainability principles and are working towards the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

    • Good Health and Well-being (SGD 3)

    • Quality Education (SDG 4)

    • Affordable and Clean Energy (SGD 7)

    • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9)

    • Sustainable Cities and Communities (SGD 11)

    • Responsible Consumption and Production (SGD 12)

    • Life Below Water (SDG 14)

    • Life on Land (SDG 15)

    The programmes at UCD are designed to equip students with the best education in their chosen field, while at the same time embedding the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) in their education where most relevant.

    Having come into UCD with no other certainty bar loving biology, the UCD Science course really was a great option. I am now a Physiology graduate and am so glad I chose this subject. I believe the level of academic teaching is outstanding and I loved learning how various systems of the body works, including the heart, lungs and kidneys. My final year project was based on the inflammatory responses of spinal cord injury. UCD opened a whirlwind of opportunities or me. I was a Student Ambassador and Science Student Leader and I have acted as a Peer Mentor as well as serving on student society committees. I also spent two summers volunteering in Tanzania with UCD Volunteers Overseas. I am about to start a PhD in New Zealand.

    Celine Camon, Graduate

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    Physiology Stage 2 (POC2)

    Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ, Credits 240)