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Human & Applied Physiology MSc



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 information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 12 FT.

Course leaders

Dr James Clark

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Physiology


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Minimum 2:1, or overseas equivalent, in a biomedical or sport science related subject.

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 aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and 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.

Application closing date

Applications for 2016 entry are now closed for this course.


Course detail


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.

Course 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.

Further literature

Course 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 one third of the MSc. Assessment is through unseen written exams (in January and May), written dissertations, poster presentations, practical write-ups and oral presentations.


Career prospects

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.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

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*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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