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Human & Applied Physiology MSc

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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 course is delivered by internationally renowned experts and will put you at the cutting edge in your understanding of the field.


Key Benefits

  • The original and foremost course in human and applied physiology in the UK

  • Unique exposure to human physiology applied to aerospace 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 UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 25

Course leaders

Dr James Clark

 

Further details

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

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Physiology School of Basic & Medical Biosciences

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Course detail

Description

The course 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 aerospace 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

Course format and assessment

Teaching

For every 45-credit module we will provide you with 40 hours of teaching through lecture and tutorials, along with 30 hours of practical classes. 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

45 credit module

40 hours

30 hours

30 credit module

36 hours

24 hours

15 credit module

6 hours

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 Typically, one credit equates to 10  hours of work.

Assessment

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations which evaluate both the theoretical and practical components of the course. Forms of assessment may typically include oral presentations, poster presentations and written reports and essays. We supplement the taught programme with online formative assessment for learning. Coursework contributes approximately 50% and examinations approximately 50% to your final mark.

Location

The course is primarily taught at the Guy’s Campus of King’s College London, although some components may be delivered off-site or at other King’s College London campuses. We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students. 

 

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules
You are required to take:
  • Skeletal Muscle Function and Plasticity: from movement to molecules (30 credits)
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology: from rest to exhaustive exercise (30 credits)
  • Aerospace and Environmental Physiology (45 credits)
  • Library Project in Human & Applied Physiology (15 credits)
  • Research Project in Human &  Applied Physiology (60 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

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

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Human & Applied Physiology Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

Minimum 2:1 in a biomedical Science, Physiology, Medicine or Sport Science related subject.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

You will be admitted on the basis of your academic ability, together with recommendations from academic referees. Places on the programme are limited and early applications are strongly encouraged: the admissions panel, consisting of academics from the department will meet in January, April and June to consider applications.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). It should explain your reasons for wishing to undertake the course. 

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £13,380 (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

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

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

books if you choose to buy your own copies

  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions

  • library fees and fines

  • personal photocopies

  • printing course handouts

  • society membership fees

  • stationery

  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

  • graduation costs

  • subsistence on field trips

 

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

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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