BSc (Hons)


A BSc(Hons) in Anatomy is offered by the Department of Anatomy in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria. A successful candidate can acquire a BSc(Hons) degree in one of the following areas of specialization:

  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Cell Biology/Histology
  • Skeletal Biology/Anthropology


  • A BSc degree in Medical Sciences
  • Any other BSc degree with majors such as biochemistry and microbiology.

Study Program

  • A minimum of 1 year of study.
  • A candidate is expected to complete the subject intensification, practical and a research project in one of the above areas of specialization.
  • A candidate is expected to complete a course in Applied Research Methodology (TNM 800).
  • A candidate will only be admitted to a Masters degree in Anatomy if a minimum of 60% has been obtained in the examinations.


Evaluation is continuous and involves:

  • Presentation of literature studies in form of seminars
  • Execution and reporting of a research project executed by the candidate
  • A candidate will only be allowed to attend the examination if the candidate has attended all lectures and practical and presented seminars to the satisfaction of the lecturer
  • Written tests/examinations
  • Oral examination

Career and study opportunities


With a BSc(Hons) a candidate can apply for a position as technical assistant in Forensic Science, Anatomy, Cell Biology and Anatomical Pathology. Positions are available in universities, technical colleges, governmental departments as well as the private in laboratories and industry.


Research careers are scarce but organizations such as the MRC or museums have posts for research assistants. To advance in a career in research further qualifications such as a MSc and PhD is a requirement.


At most universities and technical colleges the minimum requirement for a position as a lecturer is a MSc degree. To further a career in academia further post graduate qualifications are essential.

Forensic Sciences:

The Forensic Science Laboratory has positions for individuals with a BSc (Hons). Candidates are trained internally in advanced laboratory techniques involving the anthropological, biochemical and genetic identification of individuals.


Further studies:

It is highly recommended that a student with a BSc (Honours) should further their studies by obtaining a MSc or PhD in any of the following areas of specialization, Clinical Anatomy, Cell Biology/Histology and Skeletal Biology/Anthropology. Scholarships/bursaries are available.


The Department of Anatomy in the School of Health Sciences offers a MSc and PhD in Anatomy at the University of Pretoria, in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Requirements to a MSc degree are a BSc(Hons) or MBChB or BChD or a degree of equivalent status. A preliminary degree examination can be required to determine the suitability and the academic status of a candicate.

To be admitted to the MD or PhD degree a candidate must be in possession of a MSc, MMed or MPharm Med degree or degree of equivalent status following a MBChB or BChD degree.

Modules and progress of study

A minimum of 1 year of study for a MSc.A minimum of 2 years of study for a PhD and MD.
Bursaries and scholarships are available.


The Msc, MD and PhD degrees are awarded on the merit of the dissertion and an examination on the topic of research.

Published by Nancy Maselesele

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