What students say about anatomy
I found my course very interesting from day one. Compared to some other courses, I have quite a lot of contact hours, although a fair amount is lab work where we go over what we've learned in a practical setting. My modules are set out in a way that I am graded on attendance, practical work and one or two essays per module over the semester, followed by an end of module written exam (and, in some cases, a practical exam too). The facilities on my course are very important in our hands-on learning and are state of the art and very impressive.3rd year, University of Dundee
My course requires you to attend tutorials and practicals, both of which generally occur on a fortnightly schedule. But you have these things for many modules, so it can build up to something substantial! Most practicals only require answers to a few set questions, with accompanying graphs, but, in some cases, essays with evidence of some self-directed research are expected.1st year, Cardiff University
The first year is very general and covers the main principles of biology, before you start specialising in second year. This gives you a fantastic basis in your career, as you have a very broad view of biology with the added benefit of having a specialisation. Coursework covers lectures, lab work, essays, spot tests, tutorials, and lab reports.3rd year, University of Glasgow
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Anatomical laboratory technician
- Medical doctor (after extra training)
Other real-life job examples
- Business analyst
- Events manager
- Work experience coordinator
What employers like about this subject
An anatomy degree will help you develop subject-specific skills in investigating the form, function and development of the human body, in modern scientific theory, in the use of technology in anatomy and in practical laboratory skills. Transferable skills you can develop include excellent communication and reporting skills, team-working, project management, problem-solving, self-motivation, research and excellent numeracy skills. Anatomy is a very specialist subject and many graduates go on to complete a medical degree after completing their anatomy studies. Anatomy graduates usually work in universities or hospitals on graduating.