Master of Anatomical Sciences (coursework and dissertation)

This course makes available advanced training in the subject area of anatomical sciences. It enables students to upgrade their knowledge and develop investigative skills by participating in projects in different areas in anatomical sciences, critical reviews of literature, collection of material (field, experimental or literature) and the processing, analysis and evaluation of data.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Anatomical Sciences (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
master's degree by coursework and dissertation
not available in 2021
Administered by
Human Sciences

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Nick Milne
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2021.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2021;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (96 points):

Research skills and dissertation

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
 ANHB5435Anatomical Dissection 1 (Limbs)
 ANHB5436Anatomical Sciences Project (24 points)
 ANHB5439Anatomical Dissection 2 (Torso)
 ANHB5440Anatomical Dissection 3 (Head and Neck)
 ANHB5441Anatomical Laboratory Practice
 ANHB5442Anatomical Sciences Dissertation Part 1 (18 points)
 ANHB5443Anatomical Sciences Dissertation Part 2 (18 points)
S1APHB4002Research Design and Analysis Part 1
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
APHB4001 Scientific Communication Part 1 and (APHB5514 Honours Dissertation Part 1 or NEUR5514 Honours Dissertation Part 1) and (APHB5515 Honours Dissertation Part 2 or NEUR5515 Honours Dissertation Part 2)
seminars: 1 hour per week; workshops/tutorials: 2–4 hours per week each
S1, S2APHB4003Research Design and Analysis Part 2
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
APHB4008 Scientific Communication Part 2 and [(APHB5516 Honours Dissertation Part 3 and APHB5517 Honours Dissertation Part 4) or (NEUR5516 Neuroscience Honours Dissertation Part 3 and NEUR5517 Neuroscience Honours Dissertation Part 4)]
seminars: 1 hour per week; workshops/tutorials: 2–4 hours per week each

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.


Note: This course is not available in 2021.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module is not required to repeat the module.

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 51300 Graduate Diploma in Anatomical Sciences (48 points)
  • 53510 Master of Anatomical Sciences (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Anatomical Sciences course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty unless the Faculty determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;


(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

13. The Faculty, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, may grant credit towards the course up to a value of 48 points at Level 4 or higher to an applicant who has completed—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree with honours;


(b) a relevant Graduate Diploma in Science;


(c) a professional bachelor's degree in an appropriate field requiring at least four years of full-time study.