Anatomy is offered as major for the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, which includes all ANAT papers as well as biological anthropology (BIOA).
We also offer the Reproduction, Genetics and Development major for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BBiomedSc) degree.
Anatomy papers also form key components of degrees in Neuroscience, Forensic Analytical Science, Genetics, Human Nutrition, Food Science, and Medical Laboratory Science.
BIOA papers can also form part of an Arts (BA) degree.
What does a BSc in Anatomy involve?
In your first year, you will be introduced to the structure, function, and development of the various systems in the human body. You will also learn about the biology of cells and human genetic variation, the diversity of microorganisms, and microbial virulence and diseases. You'll also take other general first-year papers, including Chemistry or Physics.
At the end of your first year, you will have a good basic knowledge of the whole body, be able to recognise the difference cells and their organelles, and have a basic understanding of how the human body systems work.
The skills and knowledge learnt at first year will then be developed more in-depth in second- and third-year papers which cover human cells and systems, neurobiology, reproductive and developmental biology, functional anatomy, cell biology, and biological anthropology.
Papers are taught in a lecture and laboratory format. Laboratory classes are exciting and hands-on, and involve learning state-of-the-art techniques for the scientific analysis of human and animal tissue, including tissue / cell culture; electron, light, and confocal microscopy; immunohistochemistry; histology; stereology; molecular biological technique; and skeletal forensic investigations.
Laboratory rooms are well equipped and modern, and you will have access to hi-tech equipment. You will also be able to study in our historic and world-learning W D Trotter Anatomy Museum.
If you wish you take your knowledge beyond third year, a range of postgraduate opportunities are available. We have a large family of postgraduate students who are vital contributors to the ongoing research in the Department of Anatomy, and have developed a vibrant social network.
You could find yourself doing an honours or master's degree, or a one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Science. Or why not aim high and shoot for PhD?
You don't need any particular subjects to get into the first-year papers that lead into Anatomy. However, because these papers are biologically oriented, it is helpful to have completed Year 13 Biology and Chemistry.