"This program is one of the most well rounded and well equipped of its kind. It presents students with an array of opportunities for skill development, and the people that are/or have been a part of it are the testament to this fact. While challenging at times, the knowledge and experiences you gain are totally worth it."
Maria Komisarenko, Class of 2011
"If you’re thinking about anatomy or a related field, then you’ve come to the right place. This program is very well designed and set up to equip you with a good knowledge base, teaching and presentation skills, as well as basic research expertise. All that in just 16 months. And above all, extremely welcoming faculty, staff, and colleagues will make you feel at home."
Shiraz Elkheir, Class of 2012
The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University offers a 16 month Master of Science program in Anatomical Sciences.
This program is structured around three pillars of competency (content, pedagogy, inquiry) and designed to educate students interested in the art of teaching and designing curricula in the anatomical sciences.
Career paths – employment opportunities
Graduates of our M.Sc. Anatomical Sciences program have pursued careers at both Canadian and foreign colleges and universities as health services education co-ordinators or have gone on to further their education as medical students or Ph.D. students.
Degrees Offered/Length of Program
M.Sc.(Anatomical Sciences): 16 months Full Time
Method of completion
Course work, practicum and report
Principles of Teaching & Learning, Microteaching, Curriculum Design, Advanced Gross Anatomy, Advanced Topics in Embryology, Advanced Topics in Neuroanatomy, Advanced Topics in Histology & Histology Techniques, Independent Studies in Anatomy & Cell Biology/Pedogogy
Includes Embalming Techniques, Freeze Drying Techniques, Plastination Techniques, Museum Specimen Production, Electronic Media, Digital Imaging Techniques for Gross Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, & Histology, Lecturing & Demonstrating
• Dr Ronald Easteal – Associate Professor in Anatomy & Cell Biology and has been teaching anatomy at Queen’s since 1975. Has introduced many innovative methods in educating students in the field of Anatomical Sciences and has authored/co-authored several learning resources that have been valued by our anatomy students since 2004. Dr Easteal was the recipient of the 2007 Chancellor A.Charles Baillie Teaching Award, Queen’s University.
• Dr Leslie MacKenzie – Associate Professor and Director of the Pattern II M.Sc. program in Anatomical Sciences. Over the past decade, Dr MacKenzie has distinguished himself as an outstanding educator in anatomy. Dr MacKenzie was the recipient of the 2009 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching at Queen’s University, attesting to his comitment and innovations in undergraduate education in anatomy.
• Dr Stephen C.Pang – a Professor and Former Head of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology. His research program focuses on the structure and function of the cardiovascular system in health and disease. More recently, Dr Pang’s research also encompasses the establishment of polymeric devices for peptide drug delivery (with Dr Brian Amsden, Chemical Engineer, Queen’s) and the development of tissue-engineered cartilage for joint repair (with Dr Stephen Waldman, Mechanical & Materials Engineer, Queen’s).Over the past twenty years, Dr Pang has been actively establishing internet-based learning resources for students and teachers of Anatomy leading to the debut in 2000 of an internet-based learning resource named Gross Anatomy and Histology Image Catalogue (GAHIC). Dr Pang was the recipient of the 1998-99 Health Sciences Education Award, Faculty of Health sciences, Queen’s University.
• Dr Conrad Reifel – a Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology at Queen’s. Over the past three decades, Dr Reifel focuses his effort in teaching Gross Anatomy and Embryology in the Medical and Life Sciences program as well as organizes the Prosection Program at Queen’s University. Dr Reifel has won the Aesculapian Lectureship Award, School of Medicine at Queen’s University for the past ten consecutive years.
Funding for students enrolled in our M.Sc., Anatomical Sciences program is variable.
Recognized honours degree with a background in Biology or Health Sciences or equivalent professional degrees (BN.Sc., B.Sc. PT).
Minimum B+ over 2nd to 4th years, over all courses taken
If required, TOEFL scores of 550 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
M.Sc. Anatomical Studies: 12
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline, including letters of reference, transcript(s)and CV: March 1
Short listed candidates will be interviewed in April for a September start.
Degree Level Expectations - MSc (307 KB)