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Global leaders in anatomy

  • #3 in Australia 2021 QS Subject Rankings
  • #28 in the world 2021 QS Subject Rankings
  • 1884 discipline is founded

Anatomy and Histology

Internationally recognised for education and research

We offer units of study in undergraduate and postgraduate courses and carry out extensive biomedical research across a range of areas.

How to study anatomy and histology

There are a number of ways you can study anatomy and histology units as an undergraduate, postgraduate or research student at the University of Sydney.

Units are offered through the School of Medical Sciences as a major, minor, honours or as an area of research focus.

Undergraduate courses

We teach anatomy and histology units of study into the:

Learn more about a major or minor in anatomy and histology:

View the full list of anatomy and histology study options.


You can undertake honours in anatomy and histology through:

Honours in anatomy and histology is open to internal and external applicants who meet the entry requirements. For more information about eligibility and taking an honours year, visit our honours page.

Postgraduate courses

You can study anatomy and histology units into the following postgraduate degrees:

Postgraduate research

For more information, please visit our postgraduate research page.

What is anatomy and histology?

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.

At the University, anatomy and histology is a discipline within the School of Medical Sciences. The discipline 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.

Our research

Our research groups include:

  • biomedical imaging
  • cardiac research laboratory 
  • cell and reproductive biology laboratory
  • comparative skeletal anatomy
  • laboratory of neuroimmunology and behaviour
  • laboratory of neural structure and function
  • lens research laboratory
  • integrative biology and evolution of marine and freshwater invertebrates
  • neural imaging laboratory
  • physical anthropology and comparative anatomy
  • reproductive toxicology
  • retinal and developmental neurobiology laboratory
  • sunlight and cancer group.

Museums and exhibitions

The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology houses two museums. 

The discipline also houses displays in the Anderson Stuart common room. There are glass displays throughout the building covering themes including our research activities and history. The halls of the Anderson Stuart building abound with sculptures of historical figures famous for thought and medicine. The walls feature paintings and photographs of significant contributors to the discipline throughout its history.

For enquiries about our exhibitions please contact Dr Lise Mellor, Research Manager in the School of Medical Sciences.

P: 02 9114 1164

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