Guide to Studying Anatomy & Physiology 

What is Anatomy & Physiology?

  • Anatomy & Physiology is the line of science which is concerned with the bodily structure of living things.
  • While Anatomy is the study of the structure of the internal body, Physiology is concerned with how these internal systems work 

Why study Anatomy & Physiology?

  • Anatomy & Physiology gives students an insight into the complex nature of the human body.
  • Anatomy & Physiology allows those with an interest in medicine and bodily functions to study their area of interest without doing a Medicine course. 

Coursework, assessment & exams

  • Written and spot-test examinations are common, as well as poster and oral presentations.
  • Dissection may also be assessed.
  • At some institutions, dissertations are also used as a means of assessment.
  • As well as this, performance throughout the year in seminars and tutorials will often be noted. 

What degree can I get?

  • BSc Anatomy
  • BSc Human Physiology
  • BSc Neuroscience
  • BSc Pathology

There are many joint honours degree programmes available for Anatomy & Physiology. 

What qualifications do I need?

  • Entry standards vary. Always check with your chosen institution. Institutions and their entry standards are subject to change!

Check out our Course Chooser to search for courses in Anatomy & Physiology.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Postgraduate options include:

  • MSc Anatomical Sciences
  • PhD Anatomical Sciences
  • PgCert Physiology

Check out our CUG Course Chooser to find Postgraduate courses in Anatomy & Physiology.

Some UK universities offer a Medicine Conversion Course which allows the brightest and best graduates from similar courses (such as Anatomy, Physiology, or Biology) to enrol on a Medicine course. This is a highly sought after course however, and Biology at A-Level is a prerequisite.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

Anatomy and Physiology graduates typically work in the medical and care sector.

Among the jobs that are directly related to an Anatomy and Physiology degree are:

  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Dietitian

If a Postgraduate chooses to transfer to Medicine or Dentistry after taking a degree in Anatomy & Physiology, the career of becoming a Dentist or a Doctor are then open.