Full membership

As a Full Member you have access to our large and growing network of physiologists, as well as grants and schemes to support you in your career.

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Who can apply?

A research or teaching active physiologist, biomedical/life scientist or research active clinician/veterinarian working at an advanced level for a recognised academic institution or a research active physiologist within industry or the healthcare sector.

You must have:

  • Published at least two papers in a relevant peer-reviewed journal OR
  • Published one paper and presented a communication/demonstration at a scientific conference OR
  • Developed two teaching resources OR
  • Developed one teaching resource and presented a communication/demonstration at a scientific conference

You will need to include details of a sponsor, a Full, Fellow or Honorary Member who can confirm your status in a professional capacity.

How much does it cost?

£90 per annum membership fee

What are the benefits?

  • Discounted registration rates at most Society Events
  • Higher level grant funding for travel, outreach and training
  • Free online access to The Journal of Physiology, Experimental Physiology and Physiological Reports
  • Quarterly Members’ magazine, Physiology News
  • Full voting rights at The Society’s AGM
  • 35% discount on Wiley books
  • 50% reduced rate on membership of the Royal Society of Biology for the first two years

How do I apply?

Click on Join now. Ensure that you have your most up to date CV and details of how you meet the requirements. If you need help with finding a suitable sponsor, please see relevant section below.

Membership Code of Professional Conduct: All Members must abide by our Code of Conduct.

How do I pay?

We accept the following payment methods:

Fees reductions and waivers

Career break and maternity leave

Members (all categories) on a career break or maternity leave are eligible for a one year waiver of the subscription fee from the date you notify us of these circumstances. If this applies to you please write to us at membership@physoc.org. You retain all your benefits of membership during this period.


If you are retiring, and have been a paying Member with voting rights for at least five years, you can apply for free retired Member status by submitting our online declaration. Retired Members can access all the usual benefits of membership and attend Society meetings at a reduced cost.

Tax relief

If you pay your own Society membership subscription and are a UK taxpayer, you can claim the tax back on your annual tax self-assessment under section 201 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act (1998). Further details can be found online.

Developing countries

If you are working in a developing country and find the cost of membership prohibitively high, please contact us for assistance.

Help with finding a sponsor

  • Not all prospective Members will be in contact with other Members of The Society. If you are working in a developing country, for example, or have limited access to Members, we can help.

    We can assist you in finding a suitable sponsor for your membership application. Please use the form to provide the information we require and upload a copy of your CV including publications and details of referees.

    After receiving your application we will search for a suitable sponsor. If a sponsor can assist you, we will be in touch with further details as soon as possible. Once you have a sponsor, you can apply for membership of The Society as a separate process.

    Please note that a sponsor is only required when applying for full membership. Prospective Undergraduate, Affiliate or Associate Members do not need to complete this form. If you are unsure which membership type is right for you, or should you have further queries, please contact us at membership@physoc.org.

  • Your data will be processed in accordance with our Fair Processing Notice.

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