A physiology degree sets you up for all manner of exciting careers!
- You might choose to stay in University after you graduate, to gain a PhD (doctorate) and then a career in research. Animal physiologists in Universities might study the nature of diseases and how to cure them with drugs, how the behaviour of meerkats is influenced by hormones or how the brain works. Plant physiologists might be interested in improving crop yields, developing biofuels or finding plants that can detoxify contaminated soils.
- Alternatively, you can often pursue similar research in the private sector, working for a pharmaceutical or biotech company, for example.
- Some physiologists go on to take a postgraduate medicine degree, and are better doctors because of their rigorous scientific background in this very relevant discipline.
- And of course, our graduates are sought after by many companies which have nothing to do with science, because of the transferrable skills which they will have developed when pursuing a respected degree course like physiology.
'Careers in Physiology' is a document produced by the Physiological Society which discusses some of the career paths that animal physiologists take.