Exercise Physiology

SchoolSchool of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Physiology


Program Description:


Exercise physiology, as compared to the general physiology, focuses on the extremes of biological responses to physical activity and what pursues as adaptations then-after, for it pushes the body to its biological limits. Since the behavior of biological systems, the most complex of which is that of human body, is non-linear, a great number of mechanisms involved in homeostasis, change when it comes to extreme conditions. Therefore, attempts to advance the interdisciplinary field of the Exercise Physiology are to be amongst societal commitments of all life scientists.

Collecting data, turning it into knowledge, followed by the application of the knowledge for a better quality of life and human race health and longevity are at the center point of the PhD curriculum of Exercise Physiology. The interdisciplinary nature of the field fosters a breadth and its cellular and molecular approach a depth in the knowledge of candidates. The emphasis of the courses is to reenforce the candidates to adopt an integrative approach for problem solving based on community in the field of exercise physiology, for we believe exercise intervention is the top priority of all health management systems and administrations willing/aiming to slow down (or even to eradicate) the terrifying trend of non-communicating diseases. Course combination is oriented in such a way to guarantee capabilities of graduates in both teaching and performing independent scientific investigations at translational and interventional levels.

Exercise Physiology is an interdisciplinary branch of health sciences exploring the function of different biological systems in human body at extreme conditions, one of which is exercise, at all levels, from molecules to the whole system. It deals with the short- and long-term adaptations to physical activity of various modalities and intensities. Typical courses covered include bioenergetics and exercise metabolism, muscular and cardiovascular adaptations to exercise, respiratory control during exercise, neuroendocrine control during exercise and many other relevant topics.

The program is intended to promote education and quality research in the field of exercise physiology, focusing on an integrative approach and emphasizing on the application of knowledge at institutional, academic and societal levels that will enable the student to grow and develop as an independent scientist.



Expected Competencies at the End of the Program

General Competencies*

Specific Competencies and Skills

Given the emphasis on the impact of acute and chronic exercise on basic physiological systems, the exercise physiology curriculum tends to focus on integrative concepts. These physiological systems rarely work in isolation, if at all, and in many ways the human body is masterfully designed to have redundancies. PhD candidates are therefore envisioned to apply a systemic and an integrative approach to their academic activities. They are to be competent in breaking problems into meaningful detailed research questions when it comes to quest. Acquaintance with the contemporary subjects in the interdisciplinary fields of physical and biological sciences (at a broad sense) is anticipated and accordingly the elective courses are programmed to confer to this need and train candidates to think and act within bridged domains


Admission Requirements

General Requirement: To apply for this program, you will need to fulfill a number of requirements, which can be found in the Graduate Admission Requirements.

Specific Requiremetns:  Holding a master's degree (MSc) in any of physical education, physiology, physiotherapy, cellular and/or molecular biology, occupational therapy and physical education or a doctorate degree in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary received in Iran or abroad

The eligible candidate should have successfully completed an approved related Degree program and should be proficient in English or Persian.

Admission Deadline

Tehran University of Medical Sciences has a rolling application system and reviews student applications all year round.

However, the deadline for the September intake is June 31.

Education Fees and Yearly Expenses

For complete and comprehensive information about fees and expenses, please refer to the Education Fees and Yearly Expenses section.

Duration: 4 Years


Courses and number of credits:

Prerequisite courses:                  9 credits

Special Courses:                           21 credits

Thesis:                                          20 credits

Total:                                            50 credits

Program Curriculum

For more information, please download the Program Curriculum of Exercise Physiology

Contact Information:

In case of any inquiries, you can contact the Office of International representative of the Department of   Physiology Tehran University of Medical Sciences through the following:

Contact Person: Dr. Mehri Kadkhodaee

Tel.:  ( 98 21) 640 53 288

Email  : kadkhodm@tums.ac.ir

Address: Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

To contact the Office of International Admissions, please use the following information:

Tel.: (+98 21) 8890 2090-93, Ext.: 168

Email: admission@tums.ac.ir

Address: No. 21, Dameshgh St., Vali-e Asr Ave., Tehran 1416753955, Iran

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