Why study this program?

The Department of Physiology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Department is well equipped with facilities for many fields of physiological research, including:

  • Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • Cellular and Systems Neurophysiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Fetal/Neonatal Physiology
  • Membrane Physiology
  • Renal Physiology

Inquiries about this program should be directed to the Graduate Program Administrator in the Department of Physiology. Complete details of the programs and their requirements are available in the Physiology Graduate Program Manual.

Entrance Requirements

See Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Graduate Program Entrance Requirements .

Since research in Physiology generally requires a broad background from several fields, completion of courses in the following areas is highly recommended for all applicants:

Additional application information can be found on the Department of Physiology website.


Medicine & Dentistry

Delivery Mode:
On Campus

Program Type:
Thesis Based

Degree Level:
Master's, Doctoral

Program Requirements

Master’s Programs

Doctoral Programs


Graduate Courses can be found in Course Listings , under the subject heading Physiology (PHYSL).

Tuition and Fees

Financial assistance may be available through various awards, including:

  • Department of Physiology Recruitment Scholarship (year 1 only)
  • Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Awards
  • Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Awards
  • External funding agencies (e.g., AIHS, CIHR, NSERC, WCHRI)

The Department of Physiology does not offer teaching assistantships, but Graduate Research Assistantships are usually available from the student’s supervisor.

Information regarding tuition fees for MSc and PhD programs can be found on the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.

For general information, please visit the Tuition and Fees page on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research site.
Scholarships and Financial Support

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research administers over $29 million each year in scholarships, awards, and financial support for graduate students, as well as financial and loan advising. Additional scholarships are also available for specific faculties and programs.

Program-specific inquiries

Please refer to the detailed program information or email

General inquiries

Please check out some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQS) to see if your question has been answered, or contact the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) during our office hours.

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR)
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University of Alberta
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