Independent research can be a life changing experience. Students in the Physiology honours programme will complete a supervised research project which will be focused on any one of the challenges to human health and wellbeing that the Discipline in Physiology researches. Members of the discipline have particular expertise in the themes of: the nervous system, senses and movement; cancer, cell biology, reproduction and development, and endocrinology; energy homeostasis; cardiovascular physiology. Research within the Discipline falls under the auspices of the School of Medical Sciences, Bosch Institute. Completion of the project aims to provide training in advanced scientific methodologies and technical skills, as well as critical thinking skills. The project forms the basis of the thesis presented for examination at the end of the year. You will be expected to design and carry out experiments, to collect and analyse appropriate data, and statistically evaluate your experimental results. The findings you obtain will be interpreted in relation to previous research done in this area and to the general field in which the work is relevant. Successful completion of your Honours will clearly demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for either undertaking a PhD or any variety of future careers.
individual work supported by the supervisor
written examination (80%), oral examination (20%)