Physiology is the study of how the various tissues and organs of the body work to support life and grow. Undertaking studies in physiology will advance your understanding of how the body works, which is often of practical relevance in clinical medicine.

The honours year

If you are considering a career as a research scientist in the area of physiology, then the honours year in physiology is an essential first step in exploring your research potential.

In the honours year, you undertake an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisor from the Discipline of Physiology. Your research project will normally be part of a larger academic project within the discipline, and focus on a specialised aspect of physiology. At the end of your honours year, you submit a thesis embodying the results of your research.

There are a number of projects and labs that cater for a wide range of interests. You may become part of one of the following labs: auditory neuroscience, blood cell development, cardiovascular neuroscience, human reproduction, muscle cell function, vision, among others.

Workload and assessment

In the honours year in physiology you will complete an introductory essay of 5,000 words (5 per cent), a thesis of 25,000 words summarising their laboratory work, a seminar presentation (10 per cent), and manage a logbook that records your attendance at research seminars throughout the year (5 per cent).

Honours projects

Sydney Medical School's searchable honours project database includes potential honours projects in physiology [link]

Related subject areas

Anatomy and Histology
Medicinal Chemistry

Our courses that offer this honours subject area