School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Anatomical Sciences

Anatomical Sciences



"This program is one of the most well rounded and well equipped of its kind. It presents students with an array of opportunities for skill development, and the people that are/or have been a part of it are the testament to this fact. While challenging at times, the knowledge and experiences you gain are totally worth it."

Maria Komisarenko, Class of 2011

"If you’re thinking about anatomy or a related field, then you’ve come to the right place. This program is very well designed and set up to equip you with a good knowledge base, teaching and presentation skills, as well as basic research expertise. All that in just 16 months. And above all, extremely welcoming faculty, staff, and colleagues will make you feel at home."

Shiraz Elkheir, Class of 2012

Program Contact

Ashley Sheridan
Program Assistant
Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences
Botterell Hall, room 563, 
18 Stuart St., Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext. 77155




Program Overview

The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University offers a 16 month Master of Science program in Anatomical Sciences.
This program is structured around three pillars of competency (content, pedagogy, inquiry) and designed to educate students interested in the art of teaching and designing curricula in the anatomical sciences.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Graduates of our M.Sc. Anatomical Sciences program have pursued careers at both Canadian and foreign colleges and universities as health services education co-ordinators or have gone on to further their education as medical students or Ph.D. students.


Degrees Offered & Method of Completion

Degrees Offered/Length of Program

M.Sc.(Anatomical Sciences): 16 months Full Time

Method of completion

 Course work, practicum and report

Course work

Principles of Teaching & Learning, Microteaching, Curriculum Design, Advanced Gross Anatomy, Advanced Topics in Embryology, Advanced Topics in Neuroanatomy, Advanced Topics in Histology & Histology Techniques, Independent Studies in Anatomy & Cell Biology/Pedogogy


Includes Embalming Techniques, Freeze Drying Techniques, Plastination Techniques, Museum Specimen Production, Electronic Media, Digital Imaging Techniques for Gross Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, & Histology, Lecturing & Demonstrating

Core Faculty

Dr Ronald Easteal – Associate Professor in Anatomy & Cell Biology and has been teaching anatomy at Queen’s since 1975. Has introduced many innovative methods in educating students in the field of Anatomical Sciences and has authored/co-authored 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 H. 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 – Associate Professor and Director of the Pattern II M.Sc. 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 comitment and innovations in undergraduate education in anatomy.

Dr Stephen C.Pang – a Professor and Former Head of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology. 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 Engineer, Queen’s) and the development of tissue-engineered cartilage for joint repair (with Dr Stephen Waldman, Mechanical & Materials Engineer, Queen’s).Over the past twenty years, Dr Pang 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.

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadlines

Funding Information

Funding for students enrolled in our M.Sc., Anatomical Sciences program is variable.

Academic Prerequisites

Recognized B.Sc. degree with a background in Biology or Health Sciences or equivalent professional degrees (BN.Sc., B.Sc. PT).

Grades Required

Minimum B+ over 2nd to 4th years, over all courses taken

If required, TOEFL scores of 550 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Number Admitted

M.Sc. Anatomical Studies: 12

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline, including letters of reference, transcript(s)and CV: February 15

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

NB: Limited positions will be available for highly competitive international candidates.  International applicants (i.e. not holding Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency status) interested in applying should first contact Emily Greenwood at

Learning Outcomes

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Queen's graduate and health care professional