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Human & Applied Physiology MSc

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Overview

Our Human & Applied Physiology MSc will give you an advanced theoretical and practical understanding of the functioning of the muscular, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, including the effects of extreme environmental conditions on whole-body physiology. This innovative programme will put you at the cutting edge of the field alongside internationally renowned experts.


Key benefits

  • The original and foremost programme in human and applied physiology in the UK.
  • Unique exposure to human physiology applied to aviation and military medicine offered only by King’s.
  • Training in a wide variety of relevant practical laboratory skills.
  • Gain 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.

 


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT

Study mode Full-time

Credit value

Course intake 12 FT.

Course leaders

Dr James Clark

james.2.clark@kcl.ac.uk

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

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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

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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Course detail

Description

This programme is run by the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences together with the Department of Physiology. It will give you a theoretical and practical basis for explaining the functioning of the muscular, respiratory and cardiovascular systems at rest and during exercise. You will explore the effects of extreme environmental conditions on whole body physiology, including in relation to aviation and military medicine.

You will study topics from both systemic and cellular/molecular perspectives in order to gain an understanding of the breadth of investigative approaches employed in human physiology research. You will also focus on practical work, learning how to plan and run experiments using human subjects.

Ultimately we aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your understanding and expertise in human physiology in its broadest sense and build a career in a related field.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For every 30-credit module we will provide you with 36 hours of teaching through lecture and tutorials, along with 24 hours of practical classes. For every 15-credit module you will have six hours of teaching. The 60-credit research project is a 12-week full-time laboratory-based research project, and how long it takes will depend on your project. We will expect you to complement all of this with self-study.

 

Lectures/Tutorials

PracticalClasses

30 credit module

36 hours

24 hours

15 credit module

6 hours

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Assessment

We will assess you through unseen written exams, lab reports, presentations and coursework essays.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

 

Structure

  • Required modules

    • Skeletal Muscle Function and Plasticity: from movement to molecules (30 credits)
    • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology: from rest to exhaustive exercise (30 credits)
    • Human Physiology in Extreme Environments (30 credits)
    • Key Topics in Human Performance in Health and Disease (15 credits)
    • Library Project in Human and Applied Physiology (15 credits)
    • Research Project in Human and Applied Physiology (60 credits)

    We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:

    http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.aspx

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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

£10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

N/A

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

N/A

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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