M.Sc. Program in Physiology

Main Aim:[Top]

    The aim of this program is to train individuals in order to fulfill the needs of research and educational centers of the country to persons who can perform research activities in the field of physiology and can teach physiology courses, according to the new teaching methods, to undergraduate students.
     

Objectives:[Top]

   
  • Provide students with a broad understanding of cellular mechanisms, functions of organ systems and the integrated responses of the whole body in both normal physiological and some pathophysiological situations.
  • Provide students with depth and current knowledge in sub-disciplines of physiology.
  • Provide students research training with a particular emphasis on building a solid research foundation appropriate to becoming scientists capable of doing diversified interdisciplinary research in physiology.
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    Admission Requirements::[Top]

      Four students are accepted per two-years, who:
       
  • Hold a B.Sc. degree in biology, zoology, molecular cell biology, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, or laboratory sciences.
  • Are chosen through a countrywide selecting exam.
  • Meet the requirements of the University Office of Graduate Studies.
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    Duration & Schedule:[Top]
     

    A full-time two and half years M.Sc. program is performed in five continuative semesters. First semester : October to January, Second semester: February to June.

         

    Course List:[Top]

    M.Sc. program in physiology, containing 45 credits, consists of the following courses:
      A- Required courses (13 credits):
        Computer, Internet technology, Biostatistics, Histology, Anatomy of trunk & nervous system, Physiology Lab-I & -II, Molecular cell biology.
    B- Basic courses (6 credits):
      Biophysics, Pharmacology-I & -II.
    C-Specialized courses (19 credits)
      Advanced cell physiology, Advanced digestive physiology, Advanced neurophysiology & special senses, Advanced cardiovascular physiology, Advanced renal & body fluid physiology, Advanced endocrine glands physiology, Advanced respiratory physiology, Techniques in physiology andInternship.
    D- Thesis ( 7 credits):
      Thesis and Thesis-1.
       
    Curriculum:
        M.Sc. program in physiology consists of about one and half year of course work and approximately one year of laboratory research under supervision of a member of the departmental academic staff. Its curriculum is as following:
    First Semester 
        2   credits 1- Computer (169306)
    2        “ 2- Histology (169311)
    2        “ 3- Anatomy of trunk & nervous system (169342)
    2        “ 4- Biophysics (169317)
    2        “ 5- Molecular cell biology (169316)
    2        “ 6- Advanced cell physiology (169320)
    0.5     “ 7- Physiology Lab-I (169339)

    12.5  credits Total

    Second Semester 
        1   credits 1- Internet technology (260207)
    3        “ 2- Biostatistics (169332)
    3        “ 3- Advanced neurophysiology & special senses (169334)
    2        “ 4- Advanced cardiovascular physiology (169323)
    1.5        “ 5- Advanced digestive physiology (169330)
    0.5       “ 6- Physiology Lab-II (169341)

       11  credits Total

    Third Semester 
        2   credits 1- Pharmacology-I (169343)
    2        “ 2- Internship (169336)
    2        “ 3- Techniques in physiology (169335)
    2        “ 4- Advanced respiratory physiology (169329)
    2 .5    “ 5- Advanced endocrine glands physiology (169333)

       10.5  credits Total

    Forth Semester 
        2   credits 1- Pharmacology-I (169344)
    2        “ 2- Advanced renal & body fluid physiology (169331)
    4        “ 3- Thesis (169337)

       8  credits Total
    Fifth Semester 
        3   credits 1- Thesis (169337-1)

       3  credits Total

     

         

    Degree Requirements:[Top]

      A- Complete all courses with a grade of at least 12/20, and a GPA of at least 14/20.
    B- Research, write and successfully defend a thesis of laboratory research work.
    C- Meet the requirements of the University Office of Graduate Studies.
         
    Expected Learning Outcomes:[Top]
      A- Theoretical Knowledge:
       

    Required and basic taught courses provide students with the background understandings of anatomical, biophysical, pharmacological and molecular biological sciences; which help them to acquire an in-depth and current knowledge in all sub-disciplines of physiology through the discussion-based specialized taught courses.

      B- Seminar Presentation:
       

    Each M.Sc. student should present one seminar related to one of the specialized courses taken in each semester, which promote the development of the abilities to learn, integrate and critically evaluate information from the primary scientific literature; and also the ability to deliver accurate, concise, and clear oral presentations.

      C- Teaching:
       

    In order to develop communication and teaching skills, during the course of internship, M.Sc. students are in charge of physiology courses (at least 1 credit for each student) for associate diploma students, in which they prepare and deliver lectures and take exams. They also participate in the development and presentation of medical student laboratories, in which basic experiments of physiology are taught.

      D- Research:
        The course of techniques in physiology provide students general experimental training to learn basic methods for working with laboratory animals (rabbit, mouse and rat); arterial, venous and cardiac cannulations; some surgical methods, e.g., gonadoctomy, adrenalectomy, pancreatectomy and thymectomy; some techniques, e.g., sperm mobility and counting, measuring and recording blood pressure by polygraphs and power lab system, electromagnetic flowmetery, stereotaxis, electroencephalogrpy and brain mapping.

    Thesis provide students with a solid research experience including development of experimental design, application of scientific method, use of appropriate data analysis and writing an academic dissertation.

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