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  • #2 in Australia 2019 QS Subject Rankings
  • #13 in the world 2019 QS Subject Rankings
  • 1884 discipline is founded
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Discipline of 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.

About the discipline

The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology is a discipline within the School of Medical Sciences. We provide units of study in anatomy, histology and neuroscience in a range of degrees across the University.

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.

Other facilities include automated electrophoresis, high-pressure liquid chromatography, standard histology, immunocytochemistry, in-situ hybridisation and surgery. We are also home to two museums and several collections which are supplemented by a growing range of online learning resources.

Study options

At the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology we are committed to the ongoing development of a world class learning environment. We are constantly evolving to add new tools and techniques. Some of the methods we use to enhance your learning include:

  • dissection 
  • microscope laboratories
  • museums and collections
  • online learning
  • teaching aids
  • ultrasound teaching.

There are a number of ways you can study anatomy and histology units as an undergraduate student at the University of Sydney. We teach anatomy and histology units of study into the:

View the full list of anatomy and histology study options on Sydney Courses. 

You can undertake honours in anatomy and histology through Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours).

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

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

The University offers a range of research opportunites to help you pursue your passion. You can undertake a:

For more information, please visit our postgraduate research page or contact the Postgraduate Coordinator Professor Frank Lovicu: 

Phone: +61 2 9351 5170

Our research

Research in anatomy and histology is centered around groups and laboratories, many of which are also part of the Bosch Institute.

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

Head of Discipline

Kevin Keay
Associate Professor Kevin Keay
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Discipline of Anatomy and Histology

  • +61 2 9351 2497 (Enquiries)
  • +61 2 9351 5170 (Research)
  • Room E204, Ground Floor, Anderson Stuart Building (F13)

Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Professor N G W and Mrs Ann Macintosh Memorial Scholarship
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