Why study Physiology?

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 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 opportunities

The study of physiology prepares you for a wide range of opportunities. As well as a thorough understanding of the human body, you will gain skills in problem-solving, laboratory experience, working as part of a team and research and presentation skills. These will prepare you for work in professions as diverse as forensic science, teaching, science communication, exercise physiology, medical sales and scientific research as a research assistant.

You will be well prepared for further postgraduate education in careers such as medicine, physiotherapy, podiatry and prosthetics and orthotics, or to undertake a PhD to become a research scientist or to follow an academic career.

Our physiology graduates have pursued careers in:

  • 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.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Exercise Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. 3 years

Bachelor of Human Nutrition

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. 3 years

Diploma in Health Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time 4 years

Master of Science

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time 2 years

Physiology cadetships

Work Integrated Learning programs allows students to undertake placements in a wide variety of settings. Learn more.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.