Medical Physiology

Course Introduction

The Medical Physiology BSc course will give you a sound introduction to the mechanisms that underlie the function of the body in health and disease, at the cellular, tissue, organ and whole human levels.

This course forms part of the suite of ‘Common Year one’ courses within the School of Bioscience Education. These comprise Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology; Biochemistry; Biomedical Science; Medical Physiology; Molecular Genetics; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics. Once you have successfully completed year one, you can choose to switch to any other course within this suite.

Your second year allows greater flexibility, but retains a core of Physiology modules that cover endocrinology and physiological control systems, and with at least one module chosen from options in neuroscience, cell biology and a physiology library project.

Your final year modules reflect the research interests of the academic staff. In particular you will benefit from the wide range of expertise at King's in neuroscience, developmental biology, physiology of extreme environments, cardiovascular and muscle physiology, endocrinology and reproduction.

Alternatively, after the ‘Common Year one’ course, you can apply to transfer to one of our four-year MSci courses: Biochemistry MSci; Molecular Genetics MSci; Neuroscience MSci; Pharmacology MSci. In year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year Integrated Pharmacology & Physiology for Research MSci.


Teaching on this course takes place in lectures, seminars and tutorials and through practical laboratory work. The rest of your time will be spent on self-study, including reading, research and writing assignments.

Studying abroad

You also have the opportunity to study abroad for your full second year. Partner universities currently include:

The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden

The University of Melbourne, Australia

National University of Singapore

The University of California

The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Integrated Pharmacology & Physiology for Research MSci

During year three you can apply to transfer to the four-year MSci Integrated Pharmacology and Physiology for Research, on which you will be required to take a 90-credit research project, usually at an external industrial provider within the UK, during your fourth year. A contribution by the university is given to cover additional living costs during the project up to a maximum of £2,000.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England


This course is primarily taught at our Guy’s and Waterloo Campus, both on the South Bank of the Thames, putting you at the heart of everything London has to offer in terms of academic resources and also close to its social and entertainment attractions.

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees

Qualifications Required

  • IELTS (Academic) -- 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill
  • PTE Academic -- 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill
  • TOEFL (iBT) -- 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills