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MSc in Clinical Anatomy

About the course

The MSc in Clinical Anatomy is designed to provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in clinically applied human anatomy. You will do this by applying topographical, biomechanical, developmental and radiological perspectives to help you understand how the experience of handling cadaveric material translates to the anatomy of the living person.

You will learn to critically appraise and reflectively apply advanced anatomical acumen to inform clinical decision making. The programme will develop your knowledge and skills to undertake and deliver high quality research in clinical anatomy and related disciplines.

The course has a flexible structure, so you can tailor the programme to suit your individual interests and goals. You can choose from a number of exciting elective modules, which are taken in conjunction with the core modules. You can choose to study full time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. 

This programme is an ideal option for medical students wishing to intercalate. It will hone and develop your analytical and research skills, as well as your practical skills using state-of-the-art equipment, which will enhance your performance on your undergraduate programme.

The course is delivered primarily on the University of Hull campus, but you may need to travel to the University of York for some of the elective modules.

You will be registered at the University of Hull, but you will have access to facilities and support at both our parent universities – Hull and York. All of our degrees are awarded by both the University of Hull and University of York.

 

Modules

The clinical anatomy programmes offer a mix of core modules and electives, giving you the opportunity to develop fundamental anatomical knowledge whilst also enhancing your skills in specialist areas of interest.

Core modules

Clinical Anatomy of the Limbs and Spine

You will perform a detailed dissection of the human upper limbs, lower limbs and back,  and explore their clinical anatomy in the regional, biomechanical, developmental, functional and radiological context.

Clinical Anatomy of the Trunk

You will perform a detailed dissection of the human trunk (thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum), and explore their clinical anatomy in the regional, biomechanical, developmental, functional and radiological context.

Clinical Anatomy of the Head & Neck

You will perform a detailed dissection of the human head and neck, and explore their clinical anatomy in the regional, biomechanical, developmental, functional and radiological context.

Research Project/Dissertation

You will undertake in-depth research on an anatomical, clinical-anatomical, or educational topic, and produce a formal dissertation. You will gain experience of conducting independent research, from formulating a research question to presenting  findings in written and spoken form.

Research electives

Research Methods & Statistics

In this module you will acquire the knowledge and skills to critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different research designs from previously published works, analyse and critically evaluate experimental, quantitative and qualitative research design methods, and develop expertise in statistics-based computer programmes to solve complex research-related problems.

Pedagogic research

This module will provide you with a robust introduction and overview of key research methods in the area of pedagogic research. It will facilitate the development of a substantive research protocol for the purposes of a dissertation in anatomical/medical education.

Basic Skills in Geometric Morphometrics

This module will equip you with expertise and skills in the theory and practice of geometric morphometrics, and prepare you for research in  phenotypic and functional variation in human and comparative anatomy.

Basic Skills in Virtual Anatomy

This module will equip you with expertise and skills in the theory and practice of modern imaging, modelling and visualisation methods ( 'virtual anatomies') and their application to research questions in human and primate anatomy and evolution.

Anatomy electives

Clinical Microanatomy

This module complements the clinical anatomy core and will offer you the opportunity for a critical exploration of the microstructure of the tissues and organs of the body related to their function, dysfunction and pathological processes. You will develop skills in the interpretation and evaluation of normal and pathological samples and knowledge of how tissue biopsies are prepared and analysed.

Clinical Neuroanatomy

By critically evaluating the detailed clinical anatomy of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves in their topographical, developmental, functional and radiological context, you will acquire the spatial, analytical and technical skills for the application of neuroanatomical knowledge to understanding and decision making in clinical practice.

Radiological Anatomy

You will develop skills and expertise in the interpretation and evaluation of normal and variant anatomy in radiological images. The module will provide the basis for pursuing research in medical sciences based on experimental models involving structural imaging, and will give the mastery of knowledge needed to teach routine radiological anatomy courses.

Hard Tissue Biology

You will develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the structure, function, growth and development of develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of mineralised skeletal and dental tissues.

Human Evolutionary Anatomy

You will develop an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the hominin fossil record, the interpretation of hominin anatomical material and the application of currently employed analytical methods.

Education electives

Learning and teaching

You will be introduced to the basic principles in learning and teaching within a health profession / clinical environment. You will enhance your skills as effective clinical teacher with a good grounding in educational theory and will equip them with basic teaching skills such as writing outcomes.

Assessment and feedback

You will be provided with the framework to analyse and review your experiences in assessment and feedback.You will learn the key principles and practices underpinning effective assessment and feedback, and use case studies to explore the relationships between assessment, feedback and learning.

Contemporary issues in health professions education

This module will challenge you to reconsider the ideologies and assumptions underpinning current models of curriculum, course and assessment design in Health Professions Education.You will be engaged in critically examining the key discourses and ideologies shaping medical and health professions curricula.

Anatomy pedagogy

This module will prepare you to teach anatomy by introducing different pedagogic approaches, assessment methods that are unique to anatomy, and concepts relating to legislation, storage and preparation of cadaveric material. 

Imaging electives

Image Analysis

In this module, you will be given a comprehensive foundation of the underlying principles of medical image analysis with special application in oncology. You will develop an understanding of the advantages, limitations, and practical uses of image analysis in current clinical practice.

Imaging Modalities 1

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate and interpret current state-of-the-art applications of imaging modalities that use ionizing radiation, in the context of the management of patients with cancer.

Imaging Modalities 2

This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate and interpret current state-of-the-art applications of ultrasound scanning, magneticresonance/spectroscopic imaging (MRI and MRSI), and magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) in the context of the management of patients with cancer.

 

Entry requirements

Applicants must have previous training in human or mammalian biology (e.g. graduates from medical, biomedical, anatomical science, veterinary medicine, and zoology backgrounds).

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of proficiency in English Language as follows: IELTS: 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.

Fees

The fees for part time study are for the current year only, fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.

Home / EU students fees

  • Full time £7,940
  • Part time (2 years) £3,970 (year 1 fee)
  • Part time (3 years) £2,647 (year 1 fee)

Overseas students fees

  • Full time £20,910
  • Part time (2 years) £10,455 (year 1 fee)
  • Part time (3 years) £6,790 (year 1 fee)