Clinical Physiology

Watch our video of Shaun, a Respiratory Physiologist in a busy hospital. 

The Role(s)

Clinical physiologists

  • use specialist equipment and advanced technologies
  • use a range of different procedures to evaluate the functions of different body systems
  • diagnose abnormalities
  • direct intervention and long-term management and care

Roles in Clinical Physiology include Audiology, Cardiac Physiology, Sleep Physiology, Respiratory Physiology, Clinical Perfusion and Neurophysiology.

The work involves working with patients in hospital clinics and departments or as part of a surgical team. Some work in the community, visiting patients in their homes or in schools.


Skills, Interests and Abilities

Useful skills and abilities include

  • an interest in medicine and patient care
  • high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  • the ability to concentrate for long periods
  • the confidence to take responsibility for decisions
  • an enquiring mind and good problem solving skills
  • good communication skills
  • teamwork and leadership skills


Entry Requirements

A BSc in Clinical Physiology is available from Glasgow Caledonian University with Glasgow Kelvin College of Further Education. This is the only degree in Clinical Physiology available in Scotland. 

You will need 3 SQA Highers at BBC or 4 SQA Highers at BCCC. 

Some audiology training is offered at Queen Margaret University including a 2 year fast-track postgraduate pre-registration masters route and a work-based assistant practitioner programme for HCPC Hearing Aid Dispenser.

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support (clinical) at SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 7

The Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support (clinical) at SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 7 is a framework for people interested in working in a clinical healthcare setting. For more information about this Modern Apprenticeship framework, look at


Learning and Development

There are many opportunities to learn and develop as a Clinical Physiologist. You could specialise in a sepcific area, carry out research or, with experience, move into full-time research or teaching.

Find out about all these learning and development opportunities at