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Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease (MSc)

Course Description

Taught in the School of Life Sciences’ state-of-the-art research laboratories and teaching facilities, the MSc in Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease, is the only one of its kind in the UK.

The course promotes the importance of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to studying fundamental physiological aspects of human health and disease, including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, by combining cutting-edge physiological and metabolic methodologies with relevant molecular biology approaches.

Course overview

The course is ideal for:

 students with a background in physiology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, biology, nutrition, exercise science and other related disciplines
 those with work experience in health-related research
 health and exercise professionals.

It investigates the physiology underlying health and disease – a growing area of interest to academic, private and public sectors – and aims to:

 develop an understanding of the fundamental physiology underpinning the maintenance of health, and the development of disease
 equip students with both generic and specialist skills, including a wide range of laboratory techniques necessary to develop an integrated and translational approach to the study of human metabolism and physiology
 promote the importance of adopting a critical approach to questions of clinical relevance
 provide the necessary foundation for those who wish to pursue advanced research in this area, leading to the degree of PhD.

Course structure

The programme comprises eight modules: six compulsory, one optional, and a laboratory-based research project.

The six compulsory modules are:

 Nutrition in Health and Exercise
 Muscle Physiology and Metabolism
 Metabolism and Nutrition in Disease
 Cardiorenorespiratory Physiology
 Laboratory Techniques
 Statistics and Research Methods

Students choose one of the following two optional modules:

 Medical Pharmacology
 Clinical Neuroscience.

About the School and its staff

The School of Life Sciences, with its unique, high-quality expertise and excellent facilities, is one of the UK’s leaders in research into integrated physiology.

The programme is delivered by staff from the Metabolic Physiology Group. The group has an international research standing in the area of human nutrition, the control and integration of fuel utilisation in health and disease, such as in obesity and diabetes, and the regulation of muscle mass during exercise, inactivity and disease. The group is funded by industry, research charities and research councils.

In recent years, the School has undergone an impressive development and refurbishment programme. Research is conducted in a suite of human physiology laboratories; ex vivo pharmacology laboratories; neuroscience laboratories and a human primary tissue culture laboratory.

These facilities allow integrated metabolic investigations in both patients and healthy individuals to dovetail with relevant modern molecular biology technologies.

Students also benefit from our interactive, multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research alongside colleagues in other schools and clinics based in four regional hospitals: the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham City Hospital, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and Derby City General Hospital.

Career development

A range of rewarding employment opportunities is open to graduates in this field.

 Experience in the area of integrated and translational physiology is required by an increasing number of research groups in both academia and the private sector.
 The health and exercise sector offers a variety of employment opportunities in rehabilitation, and health and fitness centres.
 The School attracts a number of capacity-building Medical Research Council (MRC) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) PhD studentships each year. On successful completion of the programme, students are considered as serious candidates for these research opportunities.


The course requires students to accumulate 180 credits as follows:

 Autumn – three core taught modules (50 credits)
 Spring – five taught modules (80 credits)
 Summer – research project (50 credits).

Assessments are held either at the end of a module or the end of a semester and take the form of an exam, laboratory report or essay.

The research project is assessed through a 15,000-word dissertation and a viva voce.

Funding opportunities

The School offers competitive scholarships specific to the course each year and supports applications for funding to external organisations, including the research councils. For further details, please visit our website.

Related studies

To view related research opportunities with The School of Life Sciences, please visit our website.

Visit the Integrated Physiology in Health and Disease (MSc) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Pardeep Pabla


Prior to undertaking the MSc, I completed a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University. I was particularly interested in disease state physiology, in the context of metabolism and wanted to expand my interest in exercise as medicine/ therapy.

Why Nottingham?

I chose Nottingham because of its reputation for world-leading research and the opportunity to work with and learn from some excellent academics in my field(s) of interest. My aim was to continue in a career in academia and I felt this MSc was perfectly set up to facilitate that.

The course

I thoroughly enjoyed the taught aspect of the course and I felt I learned a lot from the modules. Most importantly I could see myself developing the skills I needed for a career in academia as I acquired both academic and generic skills that are transferable to other careers. In addition, all the academic staff were very helpful and were always willing to help with any issues.

Research Facilities

The research facilities were great, the opportunity to see the gold standard methods and techniques in physiology research were a huge advantage. In the laboratory techniques module we were introduced to many research techniques and carried out a wide range of experiments in both human and cell based work which prepared the students for the summer dissertation project.


I always felt supported throughout my time at Nottingham. I regularly met with my personal tutor and project supervisor to discuss any academic or general enquiries that I had and always felt welcomed. The advice I received was invaluable and helped me make the correct decisions with regards to my future aspirations. The School of Life Sciences office was always facilitating of the students’ needs which was a great help.


School of Life Sciences Post Graduate Taught course Scholarship 2016-17 - 12 Awards

The School of Life Sciences is offering 12 x £1,000 Scholarships towards tuition fees for the students who register to undertake one of the MSc courses offered by the School of Life Sciences to commence study in September 2016. The Scholarships are open to Home, European Union and International fee paying students; scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and individual merit. In order to apply for the scholarship applicants must have a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place of study for September 2016.The closing date for International student scholarship applications is 12:00 midday (UK time) on 24th June 2016.The closing date for Home and EU student scholarship applications is 12:00 midday (UK time) on 12th August 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These scholarships are available to International, Home and European Union students. This is a competitive scheme and students will be awarded a scholarship on academic and individual merit.

Application Procedure

In order to apply for the scholarship you must have a Conditional Offer of a place of study.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details

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