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Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease MSc    Back

The University of Nottingham Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Location: Nottingham, United Kingdom Duration: Full time - 1 Year Fees/total cost: EUR 10,862.67 (GBP 8,050.00) - EUR 27,433.30 (GBP 20,330.00)



This course aims to promote the importance of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to study fundamental physiological aspects of human health and disease. This approach combines state of the art physiological and metabolic methodologies with relevant molecular biology approaches to answer questions of clinical relevance.

This is the only course of its kind in the UK and aims to achieve an effective learning environment, one which:

  • equips students with both generic and specialist skills relevant to their future careers.
  • promotes the importance of critical approach to understanding of human metabolism and physiology.
  • trains students in a wide range of relevant laboratory techniques.
  • provides the necessary foundation for those who wish to pursue advanced research in this area, leading to the degree of PhD.

This course is aimed at (1) students with a background in Physiology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Medicine and other related disciplines, (2) graduates with work experience in health-related research groups in academia and industry, and (iii) health and exercise professionals who have interests in the physiology underlying health and disease.

The main topics covered by the course include muscle function and metabolism in health and disease, cardiovascular regulation in health and disease, cardiorespiratory physiology, metabolism and nutrition in exercise, health and disease (including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease), muscle metabolism and function, and laboratory techniques.

The students can expect to (1) develop an understanding of the fundamental physiological events underlying the maintenance of health and development of disease in humans, and (2) demonstrate familiarity with, and comprehensive appreciation of, laboratory techniques and methodologies used in Integrated Physiology.

Please note that our school attracts a number of PhD studentships every year for which prospective students would be considered as serious candidates after successful completion of the MSc Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease.

Key facts

  • Emphasis on the physiology underlying health and disease, a growth area of interest to academic, private and public sectors.
  • Training people in a wide range of laboratory techniques necessary to develop an integrated and translational approach to the study of human metabolism and physiology.
  • Learning in an environment that provides excellent facilities and high quality expertise.

Course details

This programme requires students to accumulate 180 credits over 12 months of full-time study. In the autumn semester, students study 3 core taught modules to a value of 60 credits. In the spring semester, students study 4 core taught modules to a value of 70 credits. Please note that a compulsory module on Laboratory Techniques, which accounts for 40 credits, spans over the autumn and spring semesters. A taught module on Statistics & Research Methods in Physiology takes place in the spring semester and is part of the compulsory element of this programme. In the summer, students undertake a research project, which accounts for 50 credits.

Assessments will be held at the end of the module or at the end of a semester. Assessment of each of the taught modules is determined by the module convenor and comprises of written examination and/or written reports of laboratory work or essays. The Research Project will be assessed by a written report in the form of a dissertation (max 15,000 words) and a Viva Voce taking place at the end of the 12-month study.


Students take six modules covering the following topics:

  • Nutrition in Health and Exercise 
  • Muscle Physiology & Metabolism 
  • Biochemistry and Nutrition in Disease
  • Cardiorenorespiratory Physiology 
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Statistics for Physiological Research

In the summer, students undertake a laboratory-based research project in a topic related to the course content.

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.

Masters - Full time

Start date:
1 Year
Teaching method:
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
EUR 10,862.67 (GBP 8,050.00)
EUR 27,433.30 (GBP 20,330.00)
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Dr. Kostas Tsintzas
School of Life Sciences
University accredited:
180 CATS
Last update: 09/04/2016