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NST 1B Physiology

NST 1B Physiology is an advanced animal physiology course for second-year natural scientists. Course information is provided on the course Moodle website. If you cannot access this, it may be that you are not enrolled as a supervisor: please contact Mel Quy ( and ask her to put you on the list and give you access.

The NST IB Physiology course website is an open-access course guide, designed to inform 1A students about what we teach in 1B.

Please have a look at the supervising physiology in Cambridge page, which contains some general tips for new supervisors teaching this course. New for this year, we have also produced a Moodle 'book' for Physiology supervisors, on the 1B Physiology Moodle site, which gives advice and guidance about supervising in general, as well as hints and tips specific to this course.

We will be continuing this year with our fortnightly "extension sessions", which will be optional for students and not directly assessed in the exam. Every two weeks, on a Thursday lunchtime, we will hold activities such as seminars to discuss how to address particular essay titles, guest lectures from external lecturers, trips to research laboratories or question-and-answer sessions relating to careers in physiological research or postgraduate medicine. In the weeks in-between, we will again hold "office hours", whereby a designated lecturer on the course will be waiting in his/her office for any students to come and ask questions, which could be about any aspect of the course. We hope that the introduction of these extension sessions and office hours will prove popular and will increase the number of students taking 1B Physiology. These extension sessions are being organised by Dr Andrew Murray (, so if you have any suggestions or comments, please contact him.

Information for the 2019-20 course

1) The Course Organiser will once again be Dr Andrew Murray, who has returned from sabbatical. Dr Murray will be resuming his Altitude Physiology lectures in the Easter term.

2) There will be some minor lecture order rearrangements in the Michaelmas term.

3) Dr Matt Mason will be presenting his Digestion lectures in a "flipped classroom" format, towards the end of the Lent term. Please see the Moodle site for details.

4) We would like to express our gratitude to Dr Emily Camm, who will be leaving Cambridge. Her lectures this year will be given by another reproductive biologist, as yet to be finalised.