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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Anatomy (Human)

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc in Clinical Anatomy will allow you to develop a deep understanding of the complex nature of the human body and how that relates to clinical practice – so you can effectively evaluate, diagnose and treat illnesses in your future career. Our experts and clinicians will encourage you to think independently, critically and differently. If you are passionate about anatomy and want to boost your career, you are in good hands.

The MSc in Clinical Anatomy provides unique opportunities to immerse yourself in the practical and in-depth study of clinical anatomy. The programme is built around core dissection-based modules covering the whole body. You will be encouraged to be a self-directed learner and challenge your knowledge and ways of thinking about the human body.

In this programme, you will carry out whole-body dissection in small teaching groups during formal dissection sessions, and at your own pace in your own self-directed learning time, using both Thiel embalmed cadavers that ensure material is as close to living tissue as possible, and Formalin embalmed cadavers that keep the material in defined anatomical relationships.

You will have the unique opportunity to learn from experts in their field who are at the forefront of new developments in clinical anatomy, visiting surgeons and consultants. As well as learning from their expertise, you will be challenged to think differently and learn skills to become a self-directed learner as you continue to develop your anatomy knowledge throughout your medical career – and ultimately make a difference to patients’ lives.

You will also benefit from guest seminars from visiting surgeons and consultants, who will bring patient cases to share with you, so you can apply your knowledge to a clinical setting. These experts come from a range of specialities including plastic, thoracic and orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, radiologists and emergency medicine doctors. This MSc is a demanding postgraduate programme, led largely by your own self-directed learning. You will have a high number of contact hours to support you as you deepen your anatomical knowledge, providing you with the practical and critical thinking skills to translate your experience of handling cadaveric anatomy to the functional anatomy of the living person. Throughout the programme, you will be evaluated through a combination of means, please see the module information for details. The assessments include exams, portfolio submissions and reviews, written assessments, group projects, research reports and a dissertation. Students on these programmes come from a diverse range of background and go on to develop careers in surgery, clinical practice and allied health disciplines. This programme is also invaluable if you are a practising clinician or healthcare professional considering an academic career or a career in medical education.

Different course options

Full time | Hull York Medical School | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module offers the opportunity to develop and advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the normal and variant clinical anatomy of the limbs, vertebral column and back; applying this to medical practice and clinical decision-making. You will perform both tutor-led and self-directed dissection sessions and seminars. It further offers the opportunities to develop/refine dissection skills and manual dexterity.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants must have previous training in human or mammalian biology (e.g. graduates from medical, biomedical, anatomical science, veterinary medicine, and zoology) and related backgrounds. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of proficiency in English Language with an IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic test, with minimum score of 6.0 in all four language competences (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Intercalating medical students must have successfully completed a minimum of three years of an MB BS or comparable medical qualification.