Why study Anatomy?

Anatomy is the study of the structure and function of the human body. We offer a range of courses with a specialisation in human anatomy. High quality resources and state-of-the-art technology support our teaching.

Career opportunities

The study of anatomy prepares you for a wide range of 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.


Bachelor of Exercise Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

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Bachelor of Health Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. 3 years

Bachelor of Human Nutrition

Semester starts: Semester 1 (March) Semester 1 (March)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. 3 years

Diploma in Health Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time 4 years

Master of Science

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time 2 years

Your study experience

Anatomy 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.

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.

About the academic staff

The paramedicine staff employed at La Trobe University are highly qualified and motivated individuals who share their experience and enthusiasm with students, and align curriculum content with international best practice.  They are determined to produce resilient, critical thinking and capable clinicians that can thrive in this exciting profession.

View all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering.