Applied Anatomy & Biological Anthropology
What is Biological Anthropology?
This is the field of study that tries to understand human variation and human evolution. It includes topics such as comparative growth studies, demography, primate behaviour, skeletal biology and forensic anthropology. Current research thrusts in the Department focus on forensic anthropology,
What is Applied Anatomy?
This is the field of study that tries to understand human structure and function. It includes topics such as clinical anatomy, structural embryology, growth and development, and comparative anatomy.
How can you study to become a professional in these fields?
You will need to complete at least an Honours degree in Applied Anatomy / Biological Anthropology, and then go on to study for an MSc and a PhD.
In South Africa, most Biological Anthropology jobs are within the Departments of Anatomy in Medical Schools, but there are some positions in the Museums. Although forensic anthropology is now recognised as a specialist skill, no full time jobs have yet been made available within the South African Police Services or within State Pathology.
BSc (Med) Honours
Modules are currently offered in Neuroanatomy, skeletal biology and forensics, and the first seven weeks of the programme contains an overview of human structural anatomy.
- MSc in Biological Anthropology/Applied Anatomy
- PhD in Anatomy
- Clinical Anatomy Subject Interest Group (CASIG)