Physiology and Disease (C1102)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module will give you an introduction to the integrative science of physiology, a key part of most branches of the biosciences.

You’ll understand how the body functions and communicates through different levels of organisation. You’ll explore control and regulation through nervous, hormonal and other homeostatic mechanisms – from cellular and molecular levels, to the major organ systems and human body. You’ll also examine scientific papers and analysis of scientific data.

In addition, you’ll build your knowledge of the impact of pathophysiological changes and processes on cells, tissues and body systems for subsequent modules.


73%: Lecture
18%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)
9%: Seminar (Online seminar)


40%: Coursework (Problem set)
60%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: