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 Study Anatomy at Otago

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Overview

Otago is the only university in New Zealand that offers a bachelor’s degree in Anatomy – a diverse field of study that explores the relationship between the structure of the human body and its functions, from single cells to multi-organ systems. As an Anatomy student, you have the flexibility to play to your strengths and study aspects of biology that interest and excite you. The department is divided into five key areas of research and teaching expertise: biological anthropology; clinical/functional anatomy; neuroscience; reproduction, genomics and development; anatomical education and learning. A degree in Anatomy will allow you to explore some of these areas, or concentrate on those that really excite and inspire you. The flexibility of the structure of an Anatomy degree will also allow the opportunity to add in genetics, physiology, biochemistry, anthropology, as well as arts and humanities – pretty much any other courses of study can be combined with a degree in Anatomy. We collaborate with leading research institutions and universities all around the world, and this global perspective is an integral part of our courses.

Career opportunities

Anatomy students gain a high level of knowledge and competencies across a broad range of topics with a range of skills that can be applied to any chosen career. Many graduates proceed to higher degrees, including Master of Science and PhD, or into a health professional course. Our alumni end up in diverse occupations all over the globe.

Some examples of what our Anatomy graduates are now doing include: medical doctor, national health promotion adviser for the Cancer Society, genetic counsellor, developing Māori-focused science education policy for the Ministry of Education, respiratory therapist, St John ambulance officer, admissions coordinator for a district health board, intensive care technician, exercise prescription instructor, research technicians, sales representatives for medical and pharmaceutical companies, and medical writers.

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Contact details

Email anatomy@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/anatomy

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Anatomy (ANAT) papers.

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Anatomy

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology

CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

another Science paper (STAT 110  Statistical Methods, or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics recommended)

18

18

18

18

18

200-level

ANAT 241  Human Biology: Cells to Systems

ANAT 242  Neurobiology

ANAT 243  Reproductive and Developmental Biology

18

18

18

300-level

Four of:
ANAT 331  Functional Anatomy
ANAT 332  Cell Biology
ANAT 333  Reproductive Biology
ANAT 334  Developmental Biology
ANAT 335  Neurobiology
BIOA 301  Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton

BIOA 201 Biocultural Human Skeletal Biology is a prerequisite for BIOA 301

72

Plus

144 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

144

Total 360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Anatomy

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Anatomy

Papers

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Master of Science (MSc) in Anatomy

Papers and Thesis
  • ANAT 458  Current Topics in Anatomical Science

  • ANAT 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Three of:
  • ANAT 5 (thesis)

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor subject requirements

Anatomy as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level See below  
200-level

ANAT 241  Human Biology: Cells to Systems

ANAT 242  Neurobiology

ANAT 243  Reproductive and Developmental Biology

18

18

18

300-level

Two of:
ANAT 331  Functional Anatomy
ANAT 332  Cell Biology
ANAT 333  Reproductive Biology
ANAT 334  Developmental Biology
ANAT 335  Neurobiology
BIOA 301  Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton

Note: Prerequisites for ANAT 241-243 include CELS 191, CHEM 191, HUBS 191, and HUBS 192.
BIOA 201 is a prerequisite for BIOA 301. From 2016 BIOA 101 will be a prerequisite for BIOA 201.

36
Total   90

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