Anatomy is the study of the structures of body parts and their relationships to one another (both internal and external structure). Physiology is the study of the functions of the body and how living organisms perform the various functions of life.

The Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford is the largest pre-clinical department within the Division of Medical Sciences. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the Department, together with the Department of Pharmacology, was ranked as the top pre-clinical department in the nation.

Aston University is placed in the Top 5 for Anatomy and Physiology in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 - The Guardian (includes subjects such as Optometry, Audiology and Human Biology). It is placed 13th overall out of all 113 institutions, and 2nd in the Midlands, according to The Complete University Guide 2010.

The Department of Anatomy at Bristol University has been awarded top marks (24 out of 24) by the Teaching Quality Assurance Agency. Members of the Department were assessed in the RAE 2008 mainly within “Preclinical and Human Biological Sciences” which was rated 5th in the nation.

UK Top ranked universities for Anatomy and physiology:
League Table 2010 (top 10 list):
1 Oxford
3 Cardiff
4 Manchester
5 Aston
6 Plymouth
7 Liverpool
8 Nottingham
9 Bristol
10 Birmingham

League Table 2003:
Rank, Institution, Guardian teaching score/100
1 Sheffield 94
2 Glasgow 92
3 Oxford 92
4 Newcastle 91
5 Manchester 90
6 Dundee 87
7 Cardiff 86
8 Bristol 86
9 Aberdeen 85
10 University College London 83
11 King's Col, London 81
12 Liverpool 80
13 Leeds 80

Source: Guardian University Guide

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