Anatomy

What is anatomy?

The term anatomy refers to a series of related disciplines which examine the macroscopic (gross anatomy) and microscopic (histology and cell biology) structure of the body. This includes the anatomy of the developing body (developmental anatomy or embryology) and evolutionary or comparative anatomy including biological anthropology. 

The Department of Anatomy at UNSW offers a range of subjects across these disciplines to students who wish to take individual subjects as part of their course or who wish to engage in a full program majoring in anatomy or biological anatomical anthropology. Anatomy subjects are offered as part of the Bachelor of Science and Advanced Science programs as well as the Bachelor of Medical Science and Exercise Physiology programs. Anatomy is also an essential component of all undergraduate medicine programs at UNSW.
 
Who studies anatomy?
 
Anatomy is generally taken by students who want to gain an understanding of the structure and function of the human body. Careers in anatomy include medical research and allied health therapies, such as massage therapy. 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.
 
Who teaches anatomy?
 
Academic staff of the Department of Anatomy are involved in delivering a range of courses relevant to the broad discipline of anatomy, including gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, functional anatomy, histology and cell biology. They are supported in their work by a highly skilled team of support staff, within the Gross Anatomy Laboratories and the Histology and Microscopy Unit.