Postgraduate programmes



The Discipline currently offers a postgraduate coursework option for Surgery students.

Anatomy by Whole Body Dissection Course (WBD-MS)

This course is available for postgraduate medical students enrolled in the Master of Surgery (by coursework) Degree Course at the University of Sydney.

This course has been recently approved by the Board of Studies, of the University of Sydney. The WBD-MS Course is composed of four Units of Study (SURG5027, SURG5028, SURG5029 and SURG5030) which are conducted in serial fashion.

A more detailed explanation can be found here.


Rich opportunities for Honours and postgraduate work are available in a variety of 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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Candidates for the degree must be graduates with a good honours degree, with demonstrated ability to do research. The PhD degree is by research, carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff. When appropriate, an associate supervisor with specific expertise is appointed to assist with the candidature. The minimum length of a full-time PhD candidature is 3 years with a maximum of 5 years. Part-time candidates are required to devote a minimum of 20 hours per week to their research and have a maximum period of 7 years to complete the degree.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

This research degree is open to non-medical graduates. The MPhil degree is administered by the Faculty of Medicine. Enrolment into this degree is dependent on a good honours degree, or a graduate diploma, but exceptions apply (see Postgraduate Coordinator for details). The minimum full-time candidature is one year with a maximum of 2 years. Part-time candidates have a maximum of 4 years.

Graduate Diploma

Candidates for the graduate diploma must possess a good pass degree with a major in Anatomy and Histology. The program for the graduate diploma is similar to that of the science degree honours by research. It can be completed in 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.


The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology was the recipient of a significant bequest from Mrs Ann Macintosh, which lead to the creation of the Professor NWG Macintosh Memorial Fund.

This fund was established in memory of her husband, Neil William George Macintosh, a former Challis Professor of Anatomy, to support the Discipline of Anatomy & Histology.

Mrs Macintosh specified quite clearly that it was to be used "for the support of research work in the Department of Anatomy and Histology, including the JL Shellshear Museum, preferably, when applicable for the support of young investigators."

The Mrs Ann & Professor NWG Macintosh PhD Scholarships, were created to honor her wishes.

Applications close 10th of July, 2017

Please download and print the application form (PDF - 176KB).

Please post three hard-copies of the completed form with supporting documentation, arriving here no later than 10th of July 2017 to:

Head of Discipline of Anatomy and Histology,
c/o Tonnette Stanford, Room E204.
School of Medical Sciences
Sydney Medical School
Anderson Stuart Building (F13)
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Late, faxed and emailed copies will not be considered.