Human & Applied Physiology

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MSc

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Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
Human & Applied Physiology enables students to gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the functioning of the muscular, respiratory and cardiovascular systems at rest and during exercise, including the effects of extreme environmental conditions on whole body physiology. Leads to careers in teaching and research, medicine, physiotherapy, health services, physical education.

KEY BENEFITS
  • The original and foremost programme in human and applied physiology in the UK.
  • Training in a wide variety of practical laboratory skills pertaining to human physiology.
  • A knowledge base of human physiology particularly relevant for careers in biomedical research and medicine.
  • Lectures from world leading experts in a variety of different fields.
  • Unique exposure of human physiology applied to aviation and military medicine only available at King's College London.
  • Located in the heart of London.


 

KEY FACTS
Student destinations
Our graduates go on to careers in academic teaching and research, medicine, clinical physiology, health services, sports science support, and research posts in industry or in Ministry of Defence Research Establishments.
Programme leader/s
Dr James Clark
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
Duration
One year FT, September to September.
Location
Guy's Campus; some projects and Field Trips may take place on non-campus locations.
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department of Physiology
Closing date
Places are highly sought after and you are therefore strongly advised to apply as soon as possible. We operate a closing date of 1 July 2015, beyond which your application will only be considered if places are still available. Overseas and EU applicants must satisfy the language requirements for King's postgraduate programmes . We advise that applicants assess their current language level as early as possible. Applicants planning to attend a King’s pre-sessional language course are advised to apply for their Masters programme in good time. Depending on language requirements, pre-sessional courses start in May, June and July. Details of dates, fees, application deadlines and minimum entry levels for the Pre-sessional can be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/elc/study/pre-sessional. We recommend early application to the Pre-sessional (minimum of one month before the course you want to follow) as courses fill up quickly.
Intake
12 FT.
Fees
FT Home: £10,500 (2014)
FT Overseas: £19,570 (2014)
CONTACTS
Contact information
Postgraduate Admissions Centre at the Guy's Campus, tel 020 7848 8393;
Dr James Clark, Programme Director, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences Tel +44 (0)20 7188 0966.

Email Website

PURPOSE
To equip graduate students in biomedical/life science and sport science with value added knowledge and skills that will enhance their understanding and expertise in human physiology in its broadest sense. For careers in academic research/teaching, medicine, physiotherapy, health services, sport science support, research posts in industry and Ministry of Defence research establishments.

DESCRIPTION
The programme is run by the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences/ Department of Physiology. The MSc provides a theoretical and practical basis for explaining the functioning of the muscular, respiratory and cardiovascular systems at rest and during exercise. This extends to the effects of extreme environmental conditions on whole body physiology.

Programme topics are studied from both systemic and cellular/molecular perspectives in order that students have a good understanding of the breadth of investigative approaches employed in human physiology research.

There is a focus on a practical work and planning/running experiments using human subjects.

STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
Core programme content
All taught components are required. Please see the module list.

Indicative non-core content
All taught components are required. Please see the module list.

FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Five taught modules comprising lectures, tutorials, and seminars and a significant practical component. There is also a research project which makes up 30 per cent of the MSc. Assessment is through unseen written exams (in January and May), written dissertations, poster presentations, practical write-ups and oral presentations.

MODULES
More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Teaching staff: 

Module Leader:
Dr Ged Rafferty


Module code: 7BBLM004
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 30
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 
Teaching pattern: Most weeks incorporate:
4 hours of Lectures
2 hours of Seminars supporting Laboratory Practical
Laboratory Practical on alternate weeks
Assessment:  written examination/s 

x1 3hr Unseen Written Exam (60%)

x1 15 min Laboratory Practical Oral Presentation (20%)

x1 1,500 Laboratory Practical Written Report (20%)



This module focuses on the function of the human cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The module aims to evaluate the mechanisms underlying the regulation of ventilation, cardiac output and blood pressure at rest and during exercise, and how these systems interact with the metabolic requirements of working muscles.
The module aims to provide practical experience in experimentation in human respiratory and cardiovascular physiology with knowledge of appropriate instrumentation, calibration and data acquisition and analysis.
Module code: 7BBLM008
Credit level: 7

This course will allow students to develop an in-depth knowledge of the literature concerning an area of topical interest in Human and Applied Physiology. This literature review, which will focus on topic distinct from that of the research project, will enable students to develop analytical, critical, organisational as well as presentational skills.
Module code: 7BBLM009
Credit level: 7

The research project makes up one third of the MSc programme. This provides students with an opportunity to undertake a research project either independently or in an active laboratory. The student will, in conjunction with their chosen research supervisor, plan and carry out experiments to test a hypothesis and to learn and develop laboratory and research skills.
Module code: 7BBLM006
Credit level: 7

In this course students will study human physiological function and performance under extreme conditions. This will include altitude and acceleration physiology and the other major stresses that occur in flight, as well as hyperbaric and marine physiology. Practical components of the course include experiments performed at the RAF Centre for Aviation Medicine, Henlow and the Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke.
Module code: 7BBLM007
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 15
Semester:  Semester 2 (spring) 
Teaching pattern: Seminars
Assessment:  oral examination/s 

Essay and Oral Presentation



This lecture and seminar based course will focus on the heterogeneity of human physiological function. This will be from the extremes of the elite athlete to the frail elderly person, from the spinal cord injured subject to the obese individual. Among other topics, this course will consider issues concerning doping in sport and examine the importance of physical activity in population health and disease.
Teaching staff: Module leader
Profesor Steve Harridge
Module code: 7BBLM005
Credit level: 7
Credit value: 30
Semester:  Semester 1 (autumn) 
Teaching pattern: 

Most weeks incorporate:
4 hours of Lectures
Laboratory Practical on alternate weeks
2 hours of Seminars supporting each Laboratory Practical



The aim of this course is to provide detailed knowledge of the function of the human muscular system from the molecular to the whole muscle level. To give an understanding of the mechanisms underlying the contractile characteristics of muscle, the means by which it adapts to change in usage and how it fatigues.

The course will provide practical experience in experimentation in human muscle physiology from mechanical measures of whole muscle to practical experience in a molecular biology laboratory for the analyses muscle gene and protein expression.


ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
Minimum 2:1, or overseas equivalent, in a biomedical or sport science related subject.
NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Occupational Health clearance required?

APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

You will be admitted on the basis of your academic ability, together with recommendations from academic referees, and usually following an interview. Places on the programme are limited and early applications are strongly encouraged.

We accept applications throughout the year and may offer places prior to the final date for applications, which is 30 June. Our aim is to process applications within two weeks, but overseas applications may take longer.



PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION

A personal statement explaining your reasons for wishing to undertake the course and full transcripts for all degrees you have undertaken are required. Please also list A-level subjects and the grades achieved. The transcript for each degree should list all modules taken and the grades achieved on each. Applicants who are still enrolled on a course should supply partial transcripts of the modules taken and grades achieved so far and should also supply a list of the modules that are currently being taken. Applicants who have not yet graduated should state the date when results are expected.



FUNDING
This programme is currently supported by The Colt Foundation. All home/EU students accepted on to the programme will be awarded a bursary of £1,000 towards the cost of the tuition fees.


Student profiles

Human & Applied Physiology MSc

When looking around for a master’s course in physiology, King’s College London was an obvious choice. The Human and Applied Physiology MSc has a long and distinguished history. Having successfully completed the course, I would strongly recommend it to all those interested in the workings of the human body and its performance. The course content and teaching was truly excellent and far exceeded my already high expectations. I found myself not only learning about cutting-edge aspects of human physiology from world-class researchers, but also personally experiencing the physiological pressures of extreme environments such as hypergravity and hypobaria on some of our many exciting research excursions.

I particularly enjoyed the modules on skeletal muscle and very much wanted to pursue my interest in this area with a PhD. I had such a great time at King’s during my MSc that I was keen on staying and was delighted to be accepted on to a PhD programme in the recently established Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS) situated on Guy’s Campus. My PhD research centres on adult human primary muscle stem cells and their role in muscle growth, regeneration and ageing. I am now in the third year of a four year PhD and am still thoroughly enjoying it. As part of my PhD I have been encouraged to attend many international workshops and conferences to develop my skills and present work; so far this has taken me to places like Italy, India, France and Ireland. The impressive array of facilities and equipment at King’s has meant that I have always had ready access to state-of-the-art resources. When I finish my PhD I hope to continue my career in scientific research and one day make it to Professor!