Choosing a course is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make! View our courses and see what our students and lecturers have to say about the courses you are interested in at the links below.
Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
- Business & Industry
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Physiology (Structured PhD)
The Discipline carries out research in a number of areas including the disorders of the central nervous system, electrophysiology, ovarian physiology, skeletal muscle physiology, diabetes mellitus and liver regeneration.
Structured PhD (full-time, four years)
Structured PhD (part-time, six years)
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.
Additional entry requirements
Candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.
Who’s Suited to This Course
Current research projects
Current funded research opportunity
Related Student Organisations
Find a Supervisor / PhD Project
If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search
- Neurotoxicity, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection
- Reproductive physiology
- Liver microcirculation and regeneration
- Skeletal muscle plasticity and muscular dystrophy
- Epithelial physiology and electrophysiology
- Neuroinflammation, mood disorders and pain
- Gastric function; Diabetes Mellitus
Dr. Karen Doyle
Neurotoxicity; neurodegeneration; cell stress and neuroprotection; Neurological and psychiatric disorders of the central nervous system
Dr. Ailish Hynes
Reproductive physiology; follicle growth and development; ovulation control; preimplantation embryo growth and development.
Dr. Beth Mallard
Liver microcirculation; intravital fluorescence microscopy; liver regeneration.
Dr. Karl McCullagh
Skeletal muscle biology from basic cellular mechanisms to disease states such as muscular dystrophy; gene and stem cell therapy for muscular and neuromuscular disorders.
Dr. Leo Quinlan
Epithelial physiology (inflammation and dyregulation in oviduct, colon and bladder), Stem cells, neuronal noise (neuro-modulation), electrophysiology (Ussing chambers, patch clamp, brain slice), Cell signalling (inositol, purinoceptors)
Dr. Michelle Roche
My research interests focus on increasing understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms underpinning neuroinflammation, mood disorders (anxiety and depression) and pain.
Dr. Amir Shafat
Nutritional regulation of gastric emptying rates; Glucose oxidation test as a biomarker for type 2 diabetes mellitus; Stable isotope techniques e.g. 13CO2 breath test.
Prof. Antony Wheatley
(i) intravital fluorescence microscopy for investigation of the microcirculation of the organs/tissues; (ii) liver regeneration (iii) immune-mediated liver injury (iv) gut permeability
Fees: Non EU
EU Part time: Year 1 €3,826 (inclusive of student levy €140) p.a. 2022/23
All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy €140.
Ms. Fiona Byrne
T: 353 91 492 761