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
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)
Freeze Drying Techniques
Museum Specimen Production
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.
Heather Lumb | Program Assistant | Department of Biomedical And Molecular Sciences
Botterell Hall—Room 563 | 18 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON | Canada, K7L 3N6
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Get in touch with one of our Current Students:
Dr. Ronald Easteal
Dr. Easteal is an Associate Professor in Anatomy and Cell Biology and has been teaching Anatomy at Queen’s University since 1975. He is a mining engineer and obtained his PhD degree in Anatomy at Queen’s University. Dr. Easteal has introduced many innovative methods in educating students in the field of Anatomical Sciences and has authored/coauthored 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. 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.
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