Units and Majors


There are many different combinations of study that can be taken within the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology. This page contains information on the various units of study on offer as well as majors that you may wish to pursue with Anatomy and Histology.


Complete listing of units
If you are interested in a listing of all units of study offered by the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology, visit the All Units page.

Units by pathway

  • Bachelor of Medical Science
    Visit this section if you are interested in the suggested units of study for the Bachelor of Medical Science.
  • Bachelor of Science
    Visit this section if you are interested in the suggested units of study for the Bachelor of Science.

Majoring in Anatomy and Histology

For a major in Anatomy & Histology, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points from any SENIOR ANAT, HSTO, EMHU or NEUR Units of Study (UoS).

Semester 1
ANAT 2008 Principles of Histology 
ANAT 2009 Comparative Primate Anatomy
ANAT 2010 Concepts of Neuroanatomy 
Semester 1
ANAT 3006 Forensic Osteology
ANAT 3007 Visceral Anatomy 
NEUR 3001 Special Senses 
NEUR 3002 Motor Movement & Behavior 
NEUR 3901 Special Senses (Adv.) 
NEUR 3902 Motor Movement & Behavior (Adv.)
HSTO 3001 Microscopy & Histochemistry Theory
HSTO 3002 Microscopy & Histochemistry Practical
ANAT 3004 Cranial & Cervical Anatomy
ANAT3904 Cranial & Cervical Anatomy (Adv.)
ANAT 3008 Musculoskeletal Anatomy 
EMHU 3001 Electron Microscopy & Imaging/Theory
EMHU 3002 Electron Microscopy & Imaging/Prac
HSTO 3003 Cells and Development : Theory
HSTO 3004 Cels and Development Practical (Adv)
NEUR 3003 Cellular & Development Neuroscience
NEUR 3903 Cellular & Development Neuroscience (Adv.)
NEUR 3004 Integrative Neuroscience
NEUR 3904 Integrative Neuroscience (Adv.)
NEUR 3903 Cellular & Developmental Neuroscience

Majoring in Neuroscience

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Neuroscience encompasses a diverse range of disciplines that cross traditional subject boundaries. The study of neuroscience ranges from anatomy to neuronal function; the cellular and molecular biology of the neuron to the complex phenomena of perception, emotion and memory, from the regulation of breathing and blood pressure to movement, development to ageing, normal cognition to neurodegeneration.

A major in Neuroscience is designed to provide a foundation in the basic biology of the brain as well as the fundamentals of cognition. Students are able to focus their cross-disciplinary studies with a molecular, cellular, anatomical and behavioural concentration.

A cross-disciplinary major requires careful selection of subjects to fulfill the requirements of the major.

Completion requirements for a Major in Neuroscience

Junior units of study

  • (i) 12 credit points from Junior Units of Study from the Science Subject Area of Mathematics; and
  • (ii) 24 credit points from Junior Units of Study from the Science Subject Areas of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Psychology and Molecular Biology. MBLG 1001 is strongly recommended.

Intermediate elective units of study
It is recommended that intermediate units be chosen from the following Units of Study.

  • ANAT2010
  • MBLG2771 (or MBLG2001/2101)
  • MBLG 2871
  • PCOL2011
  • PCOL 2012
  • PHSI2005 (2905)
  • PHSI2006 (2906)
  • PSYC2011
  • PSYC2012
  • PSYC 2013

Senior elective units of study
At least 24 credit points from the following Units of Study:

  • PCOL3022 (3922)
  • NEUR3001 (3901), NEUR3002 (3902), NEUR3003 (3903), NEUR3004 (3904)
  • PSYC 3011, PSYC 3013, PSYC 3014, PSYC 3012

Credit points for senior electives must be selected from at least two (2) of the subject areas:

  • NEUR
  • PCOL
  • PSYC

Honours and post-graduate research
Research in neuroscience is vibrant and an international priority area. There are many opportunities for high-achieving students to undertake honours study within the field of neuroscience. Honours projects are typically undertaken within individual disciplines: physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, psychology, pathology and associated institutes. Students should canvass respective departments during their senior studies for details of projects, admission criteria and enrolment details.