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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Physiology)

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  • Objectives
    The program in physiology is designed to:

    * enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the principles of the control of body function and the current development in a specific area of interest;
    * engage students in research in a structured and supervised environment;
    * introduce students to the professional skills required of a successful physiologist (grant writing, critical appreciation of scientific writing, peer communication); and
    * develop the processes of independent, lifelong learning using the scientific literature.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Physiology)
  • Course description
    Areas of Specialisation
    Research within the department is grouped into three areas of specialization /clusters. 1) CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH: Cardiac Phenomics, Central Cardiovascular Regulation, Fetal, Postnatal & Adult Physiology and Disease, Behaviour & Blood Pressure. 2) MUSCLE AND EXERCISE: Exercise Physiology and metabolism, Basic and Clinical Myology, Confocal & Fluorescence Imaging; 3) NEUROPHYSIOLOGY: Enteric Neuroscience, Molecular Neurophysiology.

    Course Structure

    536-496 Physiology Research Project (75 points):

    This involves undertaking an original, supervised research project. A written report (thesis), not exceeding 10 000 words, is to be submitted at the end of the program. In addition, assessment includes two oral presentations and supervisor's assessment of student's research performance.

    536-497 Physiology Advanced Coursework (25 points):

    The advanced coursework subject comprises the following a literature review, a statistics assignment and an ethics assignment. Attendance and participation in departmental seminars, ethics seminars and statistics lectures is also required.

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