New physiology careers booklet now launched!

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new careers booklet, Understanding Life, which is now available online and to order in print.

Aimed at undergraduates and 16-19 year-olds, this resource is an update of an earlier version and showcases some of the latest and most exciting areas of physiological research, reflecting the evolving nature of this discipline and why we study it. By continuing to develop our understanding of normal body processes, physiology can provide useful insights into how we can maintain our health on Earth and in extreme environments such as space. 

The topics covered are:

  • Healthy ageing and development
  • Exercise physiology
  • Microbiome physiology
  • Pathophysiology of asthma
  • Sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Life at the limits
  • Space physiology
  • Conservation physiology

The booklet also includes profiles of early career physiologists working in an exciting variety of research areas; these case studies illustrate the career opportunities that are open to students who graduate with physiology or a related degree.

If you would like to order any hard copies of this booklet for careers events, open days or outreach activities, please email

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