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MSc in Anatomical Sciences

The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen's University offers a 16-month (September to December of the following year) MSc Program in Anatomical Sciences. This program is structured around three pillars of competency (content, pedagogy, inquiry) and designed to educate students in the art of teaching and designing curricula in Anatomical Sciences.

“In the first five months of this program I have had such a great experience. Not only have I been able to learn more about, and express my love for, anatomy with like-minded individuals, but I have also been able to take the lead on my very own research project which is something I had never done before. Through both of these experiences, this program has made me feel very accomplished.” - Connor Jurkus (Class of 2021)

“The Anatomical Sciences program is incredibly well-designed to offer students educational experiences outside of the traditional lecture. Anatomy courses, paired with dissection, teaching, and a thesis project, offer students countless ways to support and further their knowledge of anatomy and teaching. All the while, students are supported by caring faculty that truly want to see you succeed. A great 16 months!” - Sara Girardi (Class of 2020)

Program Overview: Course Work, Practicum, and M.Sc. Project

View Program Schedule here

Principles of Teaching and Learning


Advanced Gross Anatomy

Advanced Topics in Embryology

Advanced Topics in Neuroanatomy

Advanced Topics in Histology and Histology Techniques

Independent Studies in Anatomy and Cell Biology/Pedagogy (M.Sc. Project)

Curriculum Design


Embalming Techniques

Freeze Drying Techniques

Plastination Techniques

Museum Specimen Production

Electronic Media

Digital Imaging Techniques for Gross Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, and Histology

Lecturing and Demonstrating

Minimum Entrance Requirements & Application Procedure

Candidates will be required to have completed a recognized B.Sc degree with a background in Biology or Health Sciences or the equivalent professional degree (BNSc, BSc, in Physiotherapy, etc.). The minimum entrance average is set at B+ in the 2nd through 4th year of study. 

Interested individuals are asked to apply electronically through the School of Graduate Studies.

Application deadline: February 15th 

Short listed candidates will be interviewed in April for a September start.

Contact Us

Heather Lumb  |  Program Assistant  |  Department of Biomedical And Molecular Sciences

Botterell Hall—Room 563  |  18 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON  |  Canada, K7L 3N6

Fax: (613) 533-2022  |  Email:

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Faculty Members

Dr. Charles Graham

Professor and Former Head of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology. His research group studies various aspects of cancer progression and the biology of the human placenta and pregnancy complications. Their cancer studies have led to the discovery of mechanisms by which the local tumour microenvironment contributes to the acquisition of metastatic behaviour, ability to evade immune destruction, and resistance to therapy in malignant cells. Their research on pregnancy aims for a better understanding of how adequate placentation is important for a healthy pregnancy; they also study the role of maternal inflammation in the development of pregnancy complications and how complications of pregnancy contribute to increased risk of disease in later life. Dr. Graham has coordinated the Anatomy and Cell Biology graduate program for several years and also coordinates the graduate field in Reproduction and Development.

Dr. Leslie MacKenzie

Dr. MacKenzie is Associate Professor and the Director of the Pattern II MSc 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 commitment and innovations in undergraduate education in Anatomy.

Dr. Stephen C. Pang

Dr. Pang is Professor and Former Head (1996-2001; 2002-2007) of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Queen’s University.  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 Engineering, Queen’s University) and the development of tissue-engineered cartilage for joint repair (with Dr. Stephen Waldman, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University).  Over the past twenty years, he 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.

Earl Donaldson
Logan Bale
Heather Lumb

Dr. Les W. MacKenzie Director, MSc Program in Anatomical Sciences
Dr. Lynne Postovit  Department Head

Examples of Thesis Projects

“A comprehensive literature review, primarily focused on identifying what is known about the innervation to the cervix. A secondary focus of the project is applying this understanding of cervix innervation to the negative health outcomes that have been identified with the removal of cervical cancer lesions via LEEP.” - Connor Jurkus

“A quantitative analysis of the regional volumetric and neuronal differences between wild-type and Down syndrome mouse brains by means of histologic analysis of Golgi-Cox stained serial coronal sections.” - Sara Girardi

"My research project is focused on trying to understand the role of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) in the immunopathophysiology of Endometriosis (a chronic inflammatory condition in women of reproductive age). This protein is essential for the implantation of an embryo into the uterus and I am trying to determine if it uses similar mechanisms to contribute to the development and sustainment of endometriotic lesions inside the peritoneal cavity.” - Katie Zutautas

A Qualitative Analysis of the Current Canadian Standard of Care for Female Sexual Dysfunction and an Investigation of Existing International Clinical Practice Guidelines for Implementation in Canada.” - Victoria Sa