The word ‘anatomy’ comes from the Greek verb 'anatomein', which means ‘cutting up’ or ‘dissection’. However, anatomy today is much more than the descriptive study of the dissected body, although dissected specimens are still used for research and instruction. The study of anatomy now embraces the following disciplines:
We're ranked 49th in the world for anatomy and physiology.* In all of our anatomy courses, strong emphasis is given to the functional significance of the structures in health and disease.
Careers in anatomy include medical research and allied health therapies, such as massage therapy. You could pursue a career as a forensic anthropologist, medical technician or clinical coder. Studying anatomy can also prepare candidates for careers in medicine and surgery. Anatomy can be combined with units of study from other disciplines such as biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology or psychology to further enhance career options.
Gain research experience and enhance your career prospects with an honours degree. These programs are designed to connect your undergraduate study with supervised independent research. An honours degree also provides a pathway into further study, such as a Masters by Research or PhD. You can take honours as a standalone degree or as part of an embedded honours program.
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*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2023