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University of Liverpool Free Online Course on Physiology

The University of Liverpool and Physiological Society are offering free online course on Physiology: the Science of Life. This course is aimed at anyone interested in how bodies work.

In this course, applicants will get an introduction to human physiology and the amazing systems in our bodies that keep us alive.. This course will start on September 25, 2017.

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Course At Glance

Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 4 hours/week
Subject: Physiology: the Science of Life
Institution: University of Liverpool and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on September 25, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Liverpool is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide.

The University is one of the UK’s leading research institutions with an annual turnover of £400 million, including £78 million for research. Liverpool is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, comprising the leading research universities in the UK.

About This Course

Physiology is the study of normal function within living things. It examines and explains how organisms, organs and cells carry out the chemical and physical processes that keep us going.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the cardiac cycle (atrial systole, ventricular systole and diastole) and relate the structure and operation of the mammalian heart to its function, including the major blood vessels.
  • Describe the roles of the sinoatrial node (SAN), the atrioventricular node (AVN) and the bundle of His, and how the use of electrocardiograms (ECGs) can aid the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and other heart conditions.
  • Explain how variations in ventilation & cardiac output enable rapid delivery of oxygen removal of carbon dioxide to tissue, including how the heart rate and ventilation rate are controlled, and the roles of the cardiovascular control & ventilation centres
  • Describe how to investigate the effects of exercise on tidal volume and breathing rate using data from spirometer traces.
  • Describe how a nerve impulse (action potential) is conducted along an axon including changes in membrane permeability to sodium and potassium ions and the role of the nodes of Ranvier.


This course is aimed at anyone interested in how bodies work. You don’t need any past experience.

The course might be of particular use for 16-19 year olds studying biology and physiology, and considering further studies in these areas on degrees like medicine, dentistry or other healthcare and life sciences.


Terry Gleave

Terry Gleave is a programme director for the Human Physiology B.Sc. (Hons), in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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