Masters degrees in Animal Anatomy explore the physical composition of animals, looking at how each part of the body works within the overall structure of the organism. Dissection is sometimes an component of these courses, along with the use of microscope slides.
Other related postgraduate specialisms include Animal Physiology, Animal Science and Veterinary Science. Most institutions ask that you hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant biological science.
A Masters in Animal Anatomy will equip you with a number of valuable and transferrable skills, familiarising you with the various parts of an animal’s physical structure. For example, you could study the bones, organs, tissue and nervous system of several different classes of animal. You may also look at embryology, focusing on the ways in which vertebrates and invertebrates develop. Histology could be another focus, studying the microscopic anatomy of animal cells and tissues
Postgraduates in Animal Anatomy may find several career opportunities open to them after finishing their studies. You might work within an animal research institute, or apply your anatomical knowledge to ways of improving animal health and welfare.