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Anatomy: It gets under your skin!


Anatomy: You can’t leave home without it. It's with you everywhere you go. It holds you together, it controls what you do, and it enables you to run, jump, and play.

There is more to studying anatomy than immediately meets the eye: there's cell biology, neurobiology, clinical and functional anatomy, body systems, reproductive biology, and developmental biology.

Why study Anatomy?

The University of Otago is the only New Zealand University that offers a bachelor's degree majoring in anatomy.

Anatomy teaches you:

  • The relationship between the structure of the body and the functions it performs
  • How the body develops from just a single cell, to an individual with millions of cells organised into many different tissues and organ systems
  • How you can tell the age a person was when they died, just by looking at their bones
  • What changes occur when we develop from child to adult
  • How the brain actually works, and how the reproductive system functions
  • Techniques such as immunohistochemistry, cell culture, and gene sequencing

More information about Anatomy

Download the Anatomy infosheet (PDF) for more information about the following:

  • Background required
  • Careers in Anatomy
  • The degree programme
  • Teaching style
  • Postgraduate study options

Please contact the Department of Anatomy for further details: