Human Structure and Function

Human anatomy and how it relates to its function and evolutionary origin.


BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology


Year Two

20 Credits

Having completed this challenging and diverse module, you will have a broad appreciation of the structure of the human body, and how this relates to its function and evolutionary origin.

Anatomy is taught under four major themes:

  1. Anatomy as a science – understanding the human body from the point of view of evolution and development;
  2. Microanatomy – a brief survey of the cellular organisation of body tissues;
  3. The structure and function of body systems – a survey of the topography of the entire body from a systems-based perspective, with consideration of how the gross anatomy relates to the function of each system;
  4. The human body in a broader context – further discussion of the importance of evolution and development using specific illustrative examples.