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MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Immerse yourself in the practical and in-depth study of clinical anatomy

Clinical Anatomy is the foundation of medical practice. Unlike a basic anatomy course, this 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.

About the programme

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.

You can choose to study full-time for one year, or part-time over two or three years to fit around your work and home life.

Modules

The programme is a 180 credit Master’s programme, with 3 core taught modules (20 credits each), a core research project/dissertation (60 credits) and a choice between optional taught modules (5 - 20 credits each for a total of 60 credits).

Core modules

Clinical anatomy of the limbs and spine

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.

Tutor: Dr Peter Bazira
Term: Autumn
Credits: 20
Assessment: Timed exam 40%, portfolio submission 45%, anatomy spotter examination 15%

Clinical anatomy of the trunk

This module offers the opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the normal and variant clinical anatomy of the human trunk (the thorax, abdomen and pelvis), 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.

Tutor: Peter Bazira
Term: Spring
Credits: 20
Assessment: Time exam 40%, portfolio submission 45%, anatomy spotter examination 15%

Clinical anatomy of the head and neck

This module offers the opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the normal and variant clinical anatomy of the human head, neck and brain, 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.

Tutor: Kat Sanders
Term: Spring
Credits: 20
Assessment: Timed exam 40%, portfolio submission 45%, anatomy spotter examination 15%

Research project/dissertation

In this module, you will undertake an in-depth research project in a topic related to the programme. You will be encouraged to select a topic relevant to your own practice or developing interests.

With the support of your supervisor, you will review recent and significant literature, formulate a research question, write a detailed proposal, undertake original research, write up your research in a 15,000 word dissertation, and present your major findings as a 15 minute presentation.

Tutor: Kat Sanders
Term: Summer
Credits: 60
Assessment: Project presentation 20%, dissertation 80%


Anatomy elective modules

Clinical neuroanatomy

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

Tutor: Kat Sanders
Term: Autumn
Credits: 10
Assessment: Essay 70%, spotter 30%

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.

Tutor: Kat Sanders
Term: Autumn
Credits: 10
Assessment: Practical workbook 60%, written exam 40%

Hard tissue biology

This module provides the opportunities to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of skeletal and dental issue.

Weekly topics include tooth development and function including enamel, dentine, cementum, periodontal ligament; cartilage and bone development, growth and remodelling; the structure and function of muscle, tendon and ligament; the mechanical properties of skeletal and dental tissues; and the interface of tendons and ligaments with bone.

It will focus on the structure and development of these tissues and, by introducing you to biomechanics, their function.

Tutor: Sam Cobb
Term: Autumn
Credits: 20
Assessment: Written assessment 60%, timed exam 40%

Clinical microanatomy

This module offers the opportunity for a critical exploration of the micro-structure of the tissues and organs of the body related to function.

This module will also relate alterations in structure to the outcomes in terms of function, covering the basic pathological processes and applying these to many organ systems.

Crucially, the module will develop your skills in interpretation and evaluation of normal and pathological samples and knowledge of how tissue biopsies are prepared and analysed. It will provide the basis for pursuing research in medical sciences.

Tutor: Susan Anderson
Term: Spring
Credits: 20
Assessment: Timed exam 50%, written assignment 50%

Human evolutionary anatomy

This module provides the opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the hominin fossil record.

It focuses particularly on the interpretation of anatomical material and current methods.

The module will begin with an overview of the hominin fossil record and in subsequent weeks will focus on different anatomical regions.

Tutor: Laura Fitton
Term: Spring
Credits: 20
Assessment: Written assignment 60%, timed exam 40%


Research skills elective modules

Research methods and statistics

During this module you will learn quantitative data analysis techniques, use of SPSS software (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), qualitative data analysis methods including interviews and focus groups and the process of research design, ethical issues and approval.

Tutor: Andrew Simpson 
Term:
 Autumn
Credits: 20
Assessment: Research report 100%

Pedagogic research

This module will provide you with a robust introduction and overview of the philosophies, methodologies and key research methods in the area of pedagogic research.

You will be given enough foundational understanding to formulate a researchable question and choose an appropriate method to explore the question.

This module will facilitate the development of a substantive research protocol for the purposes of a dissertation in anatomical/medical education.

Tutor: Martin Veysey
Term: Autumn
Credits: 10
Assessment: Group wiki project 10%, written assessment 90%

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.

Tutor: Paul O'Higgins
Term: Autumn
Credits: 5
Assessment: Laboratory workbook 100%

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.

Tutor: Laura Fitton
Term: Autumn
Credits: 5
Assessment: Laboratory workbook 100%

 

Education elective modules

Learning and teaching

This module introduces you to the basic principles in learning and teaching within a health profession and clinical environment.

The module will enhance your skills as effective clinical teachers with a good grounding in educational theory, and will equip you with basic teaching skills such as writing outcomes.

This process will be informed by a good knowledge based and practical experience of how learning can be supported by an appropriate learning framework and informed teaching and learning activities.

Tutor: Andy Kardasz
Term: Autumn
Credits: 20
Assessment: Group wiki project 10%, written assessment 90%

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.

Tutor: Gabrielle Finn
Term: Spring
Credits: 20
Assessment: Essay 90%, Group Wiki 10%

Contemporary issues in health professions education

This module provides theoretical awareness and takes you from educational theory and the context of teaching through to factors influencing curriculum reform and design.

The module addresses contemporary issues such as inter-professional education and simulation.

This module is the building block for student development as health professions and basic science educators.

Tutor: Marie Cohen
Term: Spring
Credits: 20
Assessment: Group wiki project 10%, written assignment 90%

Assessment and feedback

This module covers the key principles and practices underpinning effective assessment and feedback. It explores links between assessment and learning.

It recognises that assessment is a significant part of the curriculum and that assessment and feedback are ‘constructed’ by various stakeholders within a range of ideologies.

Tutor: Andrew Brown
Term: Spring
Credits: 20
Assessment: Written assessment 90%, group wiki 10%

An ideal option for Intercalation

If you are considering taking a year out from your undergraduate Medicine programme to intercalate, and you are interested in developing your clinical anatomical knowledge and skills, this programme is ideal.

Studying a Master’s degree will earn you more points for the Foundation Programme Application System (FPAS) than a Bachelor’s degree. We believe that that our MSc in Clinical Anatomy will give you the skills to be a better clinician, as well as giving you a competitive edge when applying for foundation year training and jobs.

Dissection as part of each module has really helped me to develop my skills with all of the surgical tools, and has given me a feel for a surgical career in the future. Doing whole body dissection has really allowed me to get to grips with anatomy from start to finish, and unlike when using prosections, you can really appreciate the anatomical relationships within the body.

Danielle Hill MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Careers

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.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition 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 (2019-2020)

  • Full time: £8,590
  • Part time: Fees pro-rated as appropriate

Overseas students fees (2019-2020)

  • Full time £21,640
  • Part time: Fees pro-rated as appropriate
Funding
Postgraduate taught scholarship

We are pleased to offer a competitive scholarship of £2,500 for 2019-20 entry to applicants for this programme.

Please complete the scholarship application form by 31 July 2019. In order for your application to be considered, you must hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) from Hull York Medical School.

University of York Graduate Discount

The University of York is pleased to offer a 10% fees discount for its graduates who study our MSc programme. The University of York assess whether you are eligible for the discount as part of your application to study. Please visit the University of York website for details.

University of Hull Graduate Discount

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of your tuition fees. Visit the University of Hull website for details.

Loans
Government Postgraduate Masters Loan

If you're starting a Masters you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,609. Visit the Government website for details.

Other sources of funding

Our parent universities also have details of further funding opportunities. Please see the University of Hull and the University of York websites for details.