Physiology and anatomy

Why study physiology and anatomy?

Study the structure and function of the human body. Examine how organisms, organs, organ systems, cells and biomolecules carry out their chemical or physical function within a living system

Our physiology and anatomy disciplines place a strong emphasis on teaching and play a leading role in the development of new and innovative curricula in the Bachelor of Health Science degree and other allied health degrees.

We offer a range of courses with specialisations in physiology and anatomy. High quality resources and state-of-the-art technology support our teaching.

Career opportunities

As well as a thorough understanding of the human body, skills gained in these courses include laboratory skills, problem-solving, working as part of a team and research and presentation skills. These will prepare you for work in professions as diverse as forensic science, teaching, science communication, exercise physiology, medical sales and scientific research as a research assistant.

You will be well prepared for further postgraduate education in careers such as medicine, physiotherapy, podiatry and prosthetics and orthotics, or to undertake a PhD to become a research scientist or to follow an academic career.

Some of our anatomy graduates have pursued careers in:

  • research centres and academic institutions
  • pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
  • private sector hospitals, medical centres and healthcare organisations
  • scientific publishing firms
  • scientific sales and marketing companies.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


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Master of Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Mildura Shepparton

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 2 years1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time

Your study experience

Mentor program

Third year undergraduate students have the chance to become mentors to second year students. They will undergo some training and then work with the demonstrators in the practical classes. This helps third year student mentors build on their understanding of the human body and gives second year mentees someone to go to who has "just gone through it all" as far as coming to grips with the human body – particularly the cadavers.

Physiology and anatomy cadetships

Work Integrated Learning programs allows students to undertake placements in a wide variety of settings. Learn more.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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