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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

Anatomy and histology is the study of the structure of living things. Your introduction to the area is through the study of cell structure (histology) and the basic tissue of mammalian biology and musculo-skeletal anatomy. In senior year we divide your studies into four disciplines. You will study topographical anatomy (bones, muscles, nerves, arteries,veins); neuroanatomy (anatomy and organisation of the nervous system); histology (microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues) and embryology (development of an embryo from fertilisation to fetus stage). Dissection plays a part.

About this major

The study of anatomy and histology does not begin until second year. In first year, students are advised to study maths, biology and chemistry and one other subject of choice.

Anatomy and histology begins with the study of cell structure and the basic tissues of the mammalian body. In semester two, the unit covers musculoskeletal anatomy and compares living humans and apes with fossil hominids.

Concepts in Neuroanatomy - a broad introduction into the mystery and wonder of the brain - is also offered.

The units offered by anatomy and histology in third year include topographical anatomy, neuroscience and advanced neuroscience, microscopy and histochemistry, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, cells and development, forensic osteology.

Forensic Osteology
Neuroscience: Motor Systems and Behaviour
Cranial and Cervical Anatomy (Advanced)
Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
Microscopy and Histochemistry
Visceral Anatomy

Further study for major

Rich opportunities for honours and postgraduate research are available in a variety of anatomy and histology related fields including the biology of the retina, the organisation of the visual pathways, the pathways underlying pain, the formation of brain circuitry, the fundamentals of embryonic development, the causes of developmental abnormalities and the molecular basis of muscle contraction.

The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology maintains a large catalogue of specimens for education and research. Research tools include a high-resolution transmission electron microscope and confocal microscope and excellent specimen preparation facilities. Other facilities include automated electrophoresis, high-pressure liquid chromatography, standard histology, immuno-cytochemistry, in-situ hybridisation and surgery. The discipline also houses major museums such as the JT Wilson Museum of Anatomy and the JL Shellshear Museum.

Graduate opportunities

Science graduates who major in anatomy and histology are employed in universities, the CSIRO, hospitals and pathology laboratories, often specialising in electron microscopy or histochemistry. Recent graduates have also become teachers or are employed in the scientific equipment industry.

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Career pathways

Graduates who hold a major in anatomy and histology are eligible for membership of the Australian Academy of Anatomical Studies.

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