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  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR071
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 505* points
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.
  • Course Options:

    Students who wish to study Physiology apply to the Science degree (TR071) and may select Physiology as their specialist area for the 3rd and 4th years.

    Junior Freshman (first) year prerequisite: Mathematics or Mathematical methods. Recommended: Biology 1101 and 1102.

    Senior Freshman (second year) prerequisites: Biology BY2201, BY2202, BY2203 and BY2208.

    For details of the first two years of the Science course, including entry requirements, see TR071: Science (common entry).

  • How to apply: See how to apply

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What is Physiology?

Physiology is the study of how cells work, how they co-operate in organs like the heart or brain and how these organs function together in the body as a whole. Because knowing how the body works is essential for understanding how it goes wrong in sickness and disease, physiology is the scientific basis of human and animal medicine.

What will you study?

In the Physiology Department at Trinity, which is part of the School of Medicine, we focus on human physiology and how it is affected by disease, although a comprehensive understanding of physiology will also involve studying comparisons in other mammalian species. There is a particular emphasis on themes which reflect major research interests in our department, including brain function and responses to physical exercise. As a student of physiology you will be provided with a detailed understanding of a range of cell and organ systems, and will receive training in scientific methodology, experimental design, data analysis and research skills.

During the second half of the Senior Sophister (fourth) year you will undertake an individual research project. This project will be based in Trinity or in one of its associated hospital departments and will include a literature survey and production of a written dissertation. Some typical recent research projects have looked at the toxic effects of cannabis on brain cells, gastric motility in patients with pancreatitis, respiratory function in lung disease, the cellular mechanisms of memory formation, cardiovascular adaptations in athletes and muscle performance after different warm-up protocols.

Career opportunities

When you graduate you will be able to use your general scientific training and specialised knowledge of physiology to find employment in a wide variety of jobs. You may pursue further training in physiology and become a research scientist in a hospital, the pharmaceutical industry, a government agency or a university. Some graduates undertake further study in health-related fields such as medicine or physiotherapy.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 2723