A major in Anatomy and Human Biology will let you discover how your body works, why it works that way, where people come from and how we are related to one another.


In this major you will explore what it means to be human in an integrative way - combining studies of the biology and behaviour of human beings with current social and ethical issues.

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Course description, features and facilities

The units offered within this major cover topics as diverse as:

  • human functional anatomy
  • reproduction
  • genetics
  • embryology and growth
  • microscopic structures of cells and tissues
  • structure and function of the nervous system
  • ecology, behaviour and biosocial interactions.

You will explore all of these from the molecular to the population level and beyond. This will provide you with a solid foundation for understanding your body and its response to the world around you from both biological and social perspectives.

Studies in Anatomy and Human Biology would complement a major in any other field, including but not limited to the biological, social science or humanities areas with majors such as Anthropology and Sociology, Archaeology, Biomedical Sciences or Zoology.

To complement your lectures from renowned experts in their various fields, you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory of your units in weekly practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials.

The School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology is well equipped for the latest methods of cell and molecular biology teaching and research. It has cutting-edge computer-assisted facilities, a specialist facility for the dissection of human material, and excellent laboratory facilities for histology, tissue culture and radioisotope work.

The School includes SymbioticA, which explores the symbiosis of art and biological science, and a dedicated Sleep Science laboratory.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Kelly Langford

Throughout the Anatomy and Human Biology major you will explore what it means to be human. The flexibility of this major allows you to choose from a wide range of units including human functional anatomy; genetics, variation and evolution; reproduction, embryology and growth and function of the nervous system; ecology, behaviour and biosocial interactions.

I chose to undertake a selection of Economics units to peruse my interests outside the field of science.I learned the fundamental workings of the economy, markets and implications of economic policy. This flexibility demonstrates your ability to work well in two separate field of study and will make you stand out from the crowd.

I also spent a semester studying abroad in North Carolina. I made lifelong friends from all over the world and travelled to 5 states in America. The classes were interactive and the lecturers were enthusiastic and motivational.

The experiences and knowledge gained from the Anatomy and Human Biology major inspired me to continue on to postgraduate studies and provided me with solid foundations for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) course I will be taking upon completion of my undergraduate degree.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Graduates wanting a career in research find jobs in areas as such as sleep science,   assisted reproductive technologies, pharmaceutical training, and neuroscience. There are opportunities for employment as scientists in commercial organisations, as cultural advisers or in sales associated with these types of organisations, in public science education, in museums and in the media.

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Further study opportunities

You can choose to pursue further studies at honours or postgraduate level, including a master's degree or PhD in Human Biology or Anatomical Sciences.

Other postgraduate options include the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science, Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science, Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety, Master of Forensic Science, Master of Health Science and Master of Biomedical Science.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note that to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Anatomy and Human Biology: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agricultural Central Building Crawley Campus
(+61 8) 64887333
Additional information