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The Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science offers a unique research training environment and a well-rounded postgraduate program. Students will experience interdisciplinary collaboration with innovative research and creative teaching.
Our highly-motivated, expert faculty and staff aspire to provide next-level anatomical education to the next generation of scientists and health professionals with a shared goal of advancing research and education in the anatomical and biomedical sciences.
State-of-the-art equipment and lab spaces
Clinical learning space and equipment in the Dr. George Yee Laboratory of Anatomical Sciences facilitates surgical anatomy education and procedural training to clinicians in the health professions.
Nationally funded research
Process tissue and cell samples at the Histomorphology and Ultrastructural Imaging Platform.
National and international collaboration
Network with clinical colleagues in surgery, internal medicine, radiology, pathology and oral biology as you build bridges between teaching and research activities.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences offers a four-year Doctor of Philosophy in Human Anatomy and Cell Sciences degree, advancing research and education in the anatomical and biomedical sciences.
Expected duration: 4 years
Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section, students must complete the minimum graduation requirements for their program of study.
Students entering with an MSc in Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Candidates admitted directly into the PhD program must complete:
- Readings in Anatomy (ANAT 7300)
- Three credit hours of approved courses at the 7000 level
- A thesis (a thesis proposal should be completed within the first two years of entering the program)
Sample course offerings
- ANAT 7012: Advanced Brain Imaging Methods
- ANAT 7014: Functional Human Anatomy
- ANAT 7060: Advanced Human Macroscopic (Gross) Anatomy
- ANAT 7250: Experimental Teratology
- ANAT 7320: Introduction to Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy
- ANAT 7380: Human Developmental Anatomy
- ANAT 7392: Human Neuroanatomy
- ANAT 7400: Morphological Techniques
- ANAT 7460: Human Histology: Basic Tissues
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the Human Anatomy and Cell Sciences PhD program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
To be considered for admission to the Human Anatomy and Cell Sciences PhD program, you must have a minimum of a master of science degree (or equivalent).
Starting with Fall 2023 admits, Human Anatomy and Cell Science requires a minimum 3.5 GPA.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
The PhD in Human Anatomy and Cell Science program accepts applications for Fall, Winter and Summer entry. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates
- Confirmation letter of financial support from advisor/supervisor
- Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
- Proof of English language proficiency, if required
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Applications open up to 18 months prior to start term.
|Term||Annual application deadlines|
|Fall (September)||June 1|
|Winter (January)||October 1|
|Summer (May)||February 1|
|Term||Annual application deadlines|
|Fall (September)||March 1|
|Winter (January)||July 1|
|Summer (May)||November 1|
Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.