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  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR071
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 515* 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.

Why study Physiology at Trinity?

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.

What will you study?


Nerve, Muscle and Sensation; Cell and Tissue Structure; Gut, Metabolism and Hormones; Seminars in Pharmacological and Physiological Research; Physiology of Brain; Nerve and Muscle Fluids; Heat and Metabolism; Cardiovascular Physiology; Respiratory Physiology; Journal Club; Research Skills.


Synaptic Properties; Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement; Cellular Neurophysiology; Techniques in Cellular Physiology; Integrative Physiology.

During the second half of 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.


Our students have gained Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships and Health Research Board Summer Student Scholarships to work in research laboratories between their third and fourth year.


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


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Graduate Profile

Sinead Smith

Choosing Physiology as my speciality through Science was the best decision I made. The course is very well organised and the small class size gives students the opportunity to work together. I felt so much support during my two years in Physiology; the department staff are very friendly and the lecturers are very approachable. The course structure and content give students an excellent range of both theory-led and practical-based learning opportunities. It helped me to develop a standard of learning to perform at Masters level. I am now in the final year of my M.Sc. in Physiotherapy.