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Anatomy, developmental and human biology

Would you like to find out more about the Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology BSc course at King's? Watch this video with Dr Laura Andreae, a researcher in developmental neurobiology, to discover what it’s like to work in this area.

What is anatomy, developmental & human biology?

If you’re currently studying sciences at school and are interested in health and the workings of the human body, you may be finding it difficult to decide between the great variety of potential career options available to you.

If this is the case, it might be worth studying a university degree that covers a range of subjects from across the health sciences. At King’s, one course of this kind is Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology.

This course gives you the chance to learn about many fundamental areas of health sciences including anatomy, human biology, physiology and pharmacology. It also covers more specialist topics like developmental biology, where you can find out about stem cells and how the brain is built during development.

Many students from this course go on to become scientific researchers, while others become paramedics, doctors or other health practitioners. If you’re excited about human biology but are not sure what area you’re interested in, this type of course could help steer you in the right direction.


On a day-to-day level, being a researcher is all about problem-solving. Every day is completely different and brings with it new challenges. It’s always exciting, it’s always interesting and you’re always learning new things.'

Dr Laura Andreae, Researcher in Developmental Neurobiology and Lecturer on the Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology course at King’s.



To apply for the Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology course at King’s, you need to have an AAB at A-level or the equivalent, with Chemistry and Biology as the required subjects. Physics and Maths are beneficial but not essential for this course.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology course go on to pursue a variety of different careers. These include:

  • Continuing into postgraduate study and building careers as research scientists within the health sciences.
  • Taking further study in vocational courses, such as medicine, paramedic science, physiotherapy or speech and language therapy.
  • Other science-based roles, including scientific publishing or working in the pharmaceutical industry.

Top tip

If you’re thinking about a career in health or health sciences, it’s a good idea to get as much hands on experience as possible. Try to get some work experience in a hospital or laboratory, or speak to people who work in these areas. By learning more about these different careers, you’ll be able to make a better decision about what is right for you.

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