Do you differ from a robot? Learn about the molecular and cellular machinery that makes up your body, as well as how it works in everyday life, and what causes disease.


How does your body cope with stresses such as intense exercise, blood loss, and dehydration? How does your nervous system respond to the world around you? What controls movement within the body and locomotion of the body itself? A Physiology major will provide answers to these questions and teach you how the human body works.

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Course description, features and facilities

Physiology examines life processes, from the molecular and cellular level, to tissues and organs, and explains how these interact together, with the environment, to produce beneficial results for the organism. You will also examine how disease affects bodily function. and how understanding physiology can lead to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to combat the mechanisms of disease.

To complement your lectures you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory of your unit in regular practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials. You will use the latest electronic hardware and software to measure cell and body functions. At UWA, you will be taught by internationally renowned researchers. Furthermore, studies in Physiology at UWA are firmly grounded in physical science principles, giving students an in-depth understanding of the fundamental nature of life processes.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Benjamin Joseph

Physiology is the major that pulls everything together – cells, tissues and organs and how they function together in living organisms. Studying physiology has taught me how the human body works in both health and disease, driven by the emphasis of coordinated learning in small sized tutorial and laboratory classes.

The most exciting part of a physiology major is that you are the subject of each experiment. In this way, you are able to learn how your own body functions and how it compares to that of your peers.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

A Physiology major can lead to careers in the biomedical industry and in research laboratories. There is growing demand for Physiology graduates to investigate the action of genes in the body.

Physiology graduates are well prepared for a range of professional careers requiring postgraduate study, such as Medicine, Pharmacy and Clinical Audiology.

Opportunities exist for employment as scientists in commercial organisations, or in sales associated with these types of organisations and in public science education.

If you have combined your major with qualifications in the area of sport science or exercise and health, you could also find a career in health promotion and fitness.

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Further study opportunities

As with most biomedical disciplines, your employment prospects will be enhanced by further study at honours or postgraduate level.

Other study options include Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science, Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science, Master of Forensic Science, Master of Clinical Audiology, Combined Master of Clinical Audiology and PhD, Master of Nursing Science, and the Master of Teaching.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Chemistry ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Chemistry

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Physiology: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSci), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
(+61 8) 64887333
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