The Human Structure and Function major will provide you with a deep understanding of the relationship between the structure of the body (anatomy) and how the different parts of the body work together (physiology).

This will be complemented by relevant studies in pathology, pharmacology and zoology, the studies of diseases, drugs and animal life.

This major leads directly to graduate programs in Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Studies in this discipline are also available via the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

David Sforzin

“By providing undergraduate students with a chance to perform full body dissections, the University of Melbourne has also provided me with an invaluable learning experience that is not offered at other institutions.”


  • Career Outcomes

    The Human Structure and Function major could lead to a career as a research assistant, or employment in pharmaceutical companies, media liaison, consultancies and science journalism. Completing further graduate study will enable you to pursue a career as a doctor, dentist, physiotherapist or medical scientist.

    Other opportunities available include careers in pharmaceutical companies, in media liaison, consultancies and science journalism.

    Earnings for life scientists, which includes Human Structure and Function, are above average and employment for this occupation is expected to grow moderately to 2019.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in Human Structure and Function will be eligible to pursue further study in the graduate medicine and health science doctorates. You will also be well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Human Structure and Function

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective