Discoveries in physiology have a broad impact upon health and medicine, environmental science, industry, nutrition, exercise, and reproductive biology. Many of the discoveries from the human genome rely on physiology to understand their impact on the human body.

The Physiology major teaches you how the body works. You will learn how cells, organs and the whole body function. You will examine disturbances in whole-body systems, such as those relating to the endocrine, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, developmental and neural control systems. The experimental bases of physiology are emphasised and you will use contemporary techniques to examine questions in physiology.

This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

  • Career Options

    Upon completion of this major you are well equipped to find biomedical career opportunities in universities, specialist institutes, industry, teaching, government or hospitals. Physiology is also a perfect undergraduate area of study for students aiming to progress to graduate study in medicine and health sciences.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Physiology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.

    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Physiology Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
Chemistry for Biomedicine
Science & Pseudoscience
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Sports coaching: Theory & Practice
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Relating Health & Learning
Sport, Education & the Media
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
Experimental Pathology
Evolution: Making Sense of Life
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Neurophysiology: Neurons and Circuits
Experimental Physiology
Wellbeing, Motivation & Performance
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Frontiers in Physiology
Cardiovascular Health: Genes & Hormones
Youth & Popular Culture

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.


  Course  Core Subjects   Major   Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

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