Anatomy and Histology


The study of anatomy and histology is organised into four disciplines: topographical anatomy, neuroanatomy, histology and embryology. These disciplines consider cell structure and the basic tissues of the mammalian body, musculoskeletal anatomy, and the anatomy of the brain.

The honours year

Taking an honours year or graduate diploma in anatomy and histology will provide you with the opportunity to complete original research on a project supervised by a member of staff who is an expert in your specialist area.

There are a range of projects on offer, in areas such as animal development, muscle research, structural cell biology, vision and cognition, reproduction, pain research, human molecular genetics and more.

During your honours year, you will have access to research facilities and resources including a molecular biology facility, electron microscopes, advanced imaging facilities and laser capture microdissection equipment.

To qualify for admission to honours or the graduate diploma, you must achieve suitable results in senior anatomy and histology or neuroscience.

Workload and assessment

The honours year in anatomy and histology comprises a thesis of 25,000 words; a seminar of 20 minutes presented to staff within the discipline; an essay of 5,000 words as a literature review/introduction to the thesis; and attendance at honours meetings, which is one hour per week during semesters. You will need to present two seminars during your honours meetings.

Honours projects

Sydney Medical School's searchable honours project database features potential honours projects in anatomy and histology:

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