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Graduate Diploma of Anatomy


Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Graduate Diploma of Anatomy (GradDipAnatomy)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in medicine/surgery, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, physiotherapy, radiography, or a related science/health discipline
• Formal training of anatomy or one year full-time equivalent work experience in an anatomy-related field
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Part-time: 1 year
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 1 (February)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 1 year
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 32
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 16
Number of credit points granted through RPL 16
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Medical Research Project (4)
Anatomy 1 (4)
Anatomy 2 (4)
Anatomy 3 (4)
16cp from
Recognition for Prior Learning on Admission


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Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 8 Graduate Diploma
Overview and Aims of the Program The Graduate Diploma of Anatomy is a four unit (16cps) program consisting of three anatomy units and a medical research component. Students can further develop their knowledge of clinical anatomy to help prepare for a surgical or other relevant advanced health profession career. Two of the three anatomy units will be delivered on line and the third will involve an intensive 16 day period at Macquarie University where whole body dissection will be undertaken in the laboratories at ASAM. The medical research unit requires students to pursue a course of collaborative enquiry-based learning with a supervisor. RPL is required for 16cps of the 32cps. This RPL will come from formal and informal training evidenced from academic qualification or work experience.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. With a high degree of independence, competently perform a range of dissections of anatomical structures (K, T, P, J)
2. Apply an advanced knowledge of the anatomy of the human body to its clinical and surgical application (K, T, P, J)
3. Effectively articulate differences in anatomical features to inform and justify clinical decisions (K, T, P, C, J)
4. Critically evaluate existing literature and theoretical knowledge in the specialism (K, T, P, C, J)
5. Work collaboratively to plan and implement a research project related to your health profession (K, T, P, C, E, J).
Learning and Teaching Methods The first two anatomy units for this program will be delivered online via the university iLearn platform. This requires a self directed learning approach where you identify, through clearly identified learning goals, areas in your knowledge of anatomy that require further development. You will engage in online forums and discussion groups with fellow students and the unit convenor to enhance and monitor the progression of your learning. The medical research project will further develop your independent research skills and you will engage in the peer review process which will develop oral and written communication skills in the presentation of these findings. The final anatomy unit will involve intensive practical dissections carried out during a 16 day intensive period at ASAM. Collaboratively working with other students, you will engage in hands on dissections of the whole human body. You will also have the opportunity to observe presentations by specialist surgeons who will present dissections of their own area of expertise.
Assessment Online assessment will consist of short answer and multiple choice style quizzes which help you to assess the progress of your learning and identify areas that require further research. In addition, there will be spot tests and annotated drawings of anatomical features to complete. For the research project you will produce a research plan, a research project and will present your findings at a department meeting. For the anatomy 16 day intensive unit, assessment will be in the form of spot tests and individual presentations. The final exam for this unit will test your knowledge gained over the duration of the program.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The Graduate Diploma of Anatomy provides education and training in anatomy which will help to advance the career of graduates from a range of health related professions. For example, to help prepare students for the SET Surgical Sciences Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

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