Medical Physiology and Therapeutics


At a glance

  • Study a broad range of subjects within the medical sciences, including anatomy, cell biology and physiology
  • Graduate with skills that open up employment opportunities in a wide range of scientific and clinical fields, including clinical and pharmaceutical research
  • Have the opportunity to learn in our purpose-built Medical School, with state-of-the-art facilities
Medical Physiology and Therapeutics

What is Medical Physiology and Therapeutics?

This unique course allows you to study the medical sciences with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

This degree is designed for those who wish to study a combined programme of anatomy, physiology, cell biology and pharmacology. From year two you can choose optional modules, tailoring your learning to your interests. You will experience working at the forefront of scientific research and practice and you will spend half of your final year in a research environment.

Medical scientists work in a wide range of careers and are recognised for their skills, knowledge and expertise which span a variety of disciplines in medical research with a diverse group of graduate employers across the private and public sectors.

Medical physiology and therapeutics offers a direct entry route following A level (or equivalent) study in biology or chemistry.


How will I study?

You will be taught by a dedicated team of both clinical and non-clinical staff, and will experience a wide range of teaching styles. You will also share some classes and problem-based learning activities with medical students in the school. In the final year of the programme, you will undertake 60 credits of project study and have the opportunity to work in a clinical laboratory for several months to experience the cutting-edge of clinical and scientific research. We also arrange trips to further your learning. This year’s Cancer Biology students visited the Cancer Imaging Centre at the University of Oxford. 

Visit our  school website for more details on how you will study including an example first-year timetable.


The course is based in the School of Medicine in Derby. It is a multidisciplinary school which welcomes students and staff into a supportive and stimulating environment. You will have the unique opportunity to experience student life in two cities, Nottingham and Derby.

The Royal Derby Hospital Centre is based in one of the biggest hospitals in the East Midlands. The centre offers:

  • an anatomy suite
  • a dedicated BSc laboratory
  • flexible classrooms
  • clinical skills suite
  • virtual learning hub
  • a clinical research laboratory 
  • a large multidisciplinary library


All students have a personal tutor who will review your academic progress each semester and are also available to help with any personal matters. Your personal tutor will act as a gateway to the wider student support and development provision of the University.


Our assessment strategy is designed to reflect the diverse population of students on the course. Assessment is wide-ranging and aimed specifically at enabling you to develop self-awareness of your performance.

A hopper bus service to the Royal Derby Hospital allows students the option of living in either Nottingham or Derby. Read more about what Nottingham has to offer, or find out what it is like to  live in Derby.


As a graduate in medical physiology and therapeutics, you will have obtained a broad range of skills valued by many employers in scientific and clinical research and within the NHS.

Examples of just a few of the professions that our graduates can enter as trainee practitioners/scientists include pharmaceutical and clinical research, respiratory physiology, haematology, biotechnology and tissue banking.

Medical Physiology and Therapeutics students also work closely (and share some teaching) with our graduate entry medical students in the school and are therefore very well placed to undertake further study in graduate entry medicine and other postgraduate study (e.g. PhD, MSc).

Average starting salary and career progression

Availability for employment and salary data for this course is not attainable due to a small sample size.*

* Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK. 


Study abroad

Currently we don't offer course specific opportunities for our students to study abroad. For details of further opportunities the University offers please visit our study abroad web pages.


Application and interview

We usually consider candidates applying on the basis of their UCAS form without interview. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications may be invited to an interview.  

Open days

University-wide open days are held in June and September – for details please see our open day pages.  
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