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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


The 2021-2 course

The course organiser is Prof. Andrew Murray (

According to the rules set out by the School of Biological Sciences, the 1B Physiology course is small enough that we should be able to run live lectures this year. Practical classes will be performed in person as far as possible, but some classes will remain online.

We will continue to use the Moodle "book" structure introduced last year, however the teaching is performed. All the lecture, practical and histology material is within the "Course Material" section of that site. The idea is that all work (lectures, practicals and histology) is presented within these Moodle books, in weekly modules. The students can see how long each exercise should take and should work through each book before the completion date for that module.

We strongly recommend that you consider the completion date for each Moodle book module (generally a Wednesday), and supervise on that module after that completion date, at which point the students should have gone through all that material.

The SBS has informed us that exams in 1B Physiology this year will be "3 hours, open book, and on-line", using the new Inspera system. We have no further details at the time of writing, but see the 1B Physiology Moodle site for updates.

(updated September 2021)


General course information

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.

In 'normal' years, we now run 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. These extension sessions are being organised by Dr Andrew Murray (, so if you have any suggestions or comments, please contact him. ***Please note that we are not yet sure whether we can run anything similar to this in the current academic year ***