Physiology is the study of how the body works. It examines how organisms, organs, organ systems, cells and biomolecules carry out their chemical or physical function within a living system.

The Physiology discipline (incorporating pathophysiology and pharmacology) places a strong emphasis on teaching, and it has played a leading role in the development of new and innovative curricula in the Bachelor of Health Science degree and in other Allied Health degrees.

Career pathways

Some of the careers that our Physiology graduates have gone on to pursue include:

  • research centres and academic institutions,
  • pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies,
  • private sector hospitals, medical centres and healthcare organisations,
  • scientific publishing firms,
  • scientific sales and marketing companies.

Study options

You can study physiology through a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including Health and Biomedical Sciences. Short courses are also available. Our industry cadetship program allows you to gain paid workplace experience between semesters, giving you the chance to build on your skills and build your career. 

Research specialisations

Staff and students have access to some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world including the new $288 million AgriBio research facility and the new $100 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) building. Staff have developed extensive collaborative research links locally, nationally and internationally with both basic scientists and clinicians.

Our research specialisations include:

Apply for research

Please visit the Graduate School of Research website for detailed information about how to apply for a graduate research degree.