Human Biology

The Department of Human Biology brings together several medical scientific and clinical academic disciplines, divided into six Divisions, namely:

Undergraduate Teaching

The department's undergraduate teaching contributes to the

Postgraduate Programmes

Human Biology has the largest cohort of postgraduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences, participating in a wide range of programmes in niche areas such as:

Facilities & Programmes

We host a number of facilities and programmes unique to the University of Cape Town

  • Confocal & Light Microscopy Imaging Facility specialising in advanced fluorescence image acquisition and image analysis
  • Anatomy Museum an important hub of teaching and learning in all of our programmes
  • Body Donor Programme for training and research
  • Histology laboratories for the preparation of tissues and slides for teaching and for research is widely used by several research programmes within the department, Faculty & other Faculties of UCT and external institutions.
  Body Donor Programme

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town acknowledges, with deep respect, the rare gift of whole body donation. These bequests are vital for the teaching of anatomy to medical, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and science students.
Bequests may also be used to train professionals for example surgeons in new techniques. It is for these reasons that the anatomy departments of Medical schools are legally empowered to receive bodies. Learn more

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