School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Anatomical Sciences

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 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 (September to December of the following year)

Method of completion

 Course work, practicum and MSc project. See Program schedule

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 (MSc project)


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: 14

Key Dates and Deadlines

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

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 Ashley Sheridan on email

Have Questions? Speak to some of our current students




Learning Outcomes

Examples of MSc Projects

  1. Connor Jurkus’ project “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.”
  2. Sara Girardi’s project “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.” 
  3. Katie Zutautas’ project “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.”
  4. Victoria Sa’s project “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.”


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