Anatomist or Physiologist

Examine the anatomy or physiology of humans for a wide range of practical applications.

Anatomist or Physiologist

Anatomist or Physiologist

Roles and responsibilities

To prepare yourself for a career as an anatomist or physiologist:

Step 1
Complete the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Graduate Dimploma in Anatomical Sciences or a relevant Master's degree.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


As an anatomist or physiologist you will:

  • study the forms and structures of bodily organs and tissues by systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination
  • apply statistical and mathematical techniques to the measurement of anatomical structures and relate structural patterns to functions of the body
  • study glands and their relationship to body functions
  • investigate the function and chemical composition of organs and tissues
  • perform experiments and study anatomical reactions such as the ability of the body to regenerate damaged or destroyed parts
  • investigate the possibility of transplanting organs and tissue
  • study respiration, circulation, excretion, movement, reproduction, nervous activity and other functions of humans under normal and abnormal conditions
  • perform experiments to determine the effects of internal and external environmental factors on life processes and functions of organisms
  • apply scientific knowledge to problems of physical fitness, nutrition, human endurance and similar matters
  • prepare and supervise the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers, including physiological studies for use by other scientists

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

To prepare yourself for a career as an anatomist or physiologist:

Step 1
Complete the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Graduate Dimploma in Anatomical Sciences or a relevant Master's degree.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


As an anatomist or physiologist you will:

  • study the forms and structures of bodily organs and tissues by systematic observation, dissection and microscopic examination
  • apply statistical and mathematical techniques to the measurement of anatomical structures and relate structural patterns to functions of the body
  • study glands and their relationship to body functions
  • investigate the function and chemical composition of organs and tissues
  • perform experiments and study anatomical reactions such as the ability of the body to regenerate damaged or destroyed parts
  • investigate the possibility of transplanting organs and tissue
  • study respiration, circulation, excretion, movement, reproduction, nervous activity and other functions of humans under normal and abnormal conditions
  • perform experiments to determine the effects of internal and external environmental factors on life processes and functions of organisms
  • apply scientific knowledge to problems of physical fitness, nutrition, human endurance and similar matters
  • prepare and supervise the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers, including physiological studies for use by other scientists

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Anatomist or Physiologist

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Postgraduate Courses To Become

Anatomist or Physiologist

Course work courses to pursue this career
Postgraduate study is required for this occupation.

Relevant courses include:
Postgraduate Courses To Become

Anatomist or Physiologist

Research courses to pursue this career

Research study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.

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