Clinical Anatomy

This MSc in Clinical Anatomy aims to provide students with a greater understanding of advanced human anatomy including appropriate radiological anatomy, microscopic anatomy and embryology.

The modules presented emphasise clinically and surgically relevant anatomy, although they are not designed exclusively for clinicians.

Clinical Anatomy highlights
Queen's is one of the few medical schools in the UK to teach students through anatomical dissection.

World Class Facilities
•Queen's is one of the few medical schools in the UK where students have access to human cadaveric teaching material in a purpose-built facility licensed by the Human Tissue Authority.

Internationally Renowned Experts
•Teaching will be based in the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education, whose staff have won seven Queen's University Teaching Awards in recent years.

Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
Queen's University Medical School has a long tradition of excellent medical education which is constantly updated in response to developments in medical science and practice. We aim to deliver a high quality course utilising innovative teaching methods and best practice to create a supportive environment designed to enable students to achieve their personal and academic potential.

There is a combination of classes on this course and a number of practical learning methods including; lectures, practicals, self-directed study and one-to-one training.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
A medical or dental degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, or a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a relevant discipline (e.g. Anatomy, Biomedical Science, Human Biology).

All applicants must have studied human anatomy as a significant part of their undergraduate degree.

Intercalating Applicants
Intercalating medical and dental students within QUB will also be considered if they have successfully completed the 3rd/4th year of their course at first attempt and achieved at least an upper second class honours standard. Intercalating applicants should also ensure they have permission to intercalate from either the Director for Medical Education or Dentistry as appropriate.

An external medical or dental student wishing to intercalate must be ranked in the top half of their year cohort to have their application considered. Applicants must have passed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying (normally 3rd or 4th year).

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


1 year full-time, 3 years part-time.

Teaching Times
Combination of either morning or afternoon teaching.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
This programme will support career development for trainees in many medical specialties and those from the allied health professionals undertaking continued professional development. It would also be of benefit to those wishing to engage in a career as an anatomy teacher.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate and Professional Development 

Subjects taught

Anatomy Modules:
Applied Anatomy of the Trunk (Compulsory)
This module will cover theoretical and practical aspects of applied clinical anatomy of the regions of the thorax by the study of relevant human embalmed specimens and their radiology.

Applied Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Brain (Optional)
This module will cover the applied/clinically relevant anatomy of the head and neck region, including the central nervous system and cranial nerves, by the study of human embalmed material and relevant radiology/imagery.

Applied Anatomy of the Limbs and Back (Optional)
This module will cover the detailed anatomy of the upper and lower limbs and the back through the study of a range of human cadaveric specimens. Particular emphasis will be made on functional and clinical anatomy.

Evolution of the Human Body (Optional)
This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the comparative anatomy between modern humans and our closest living relatives (the Great Apes). They will gain an understanding of how our current anatomy evolved since the split with the last human/chimpanzee common ancestor by considering the fossil evidence for extinct hominid species from the genera Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, Pithecanthropus and Homo. Particular emphasis will be given to the evolution of the limbs, pelvis, thoracic cage, cranium, brain and dentition.

Special Topics in Microscopic Anatomy (Optional)
This module covers the detailed microscopic anatomy of selected organs and organ systems. The areas selected for study may vary but will be decided in agreement with students.

Special Topics in Embryology (Optional)
This module covers the clinically relevant embryology and development of selected organs and organ systems. The areas selected for study may vary but will be decided in agreement with students.

Anatomy Project (Compulsory)
This module comprises a student-led piece of research/scholarly activity in the general field of anatomy, overseen by an academic supervisor. The research may be on any aspect of anatomical science including gross, microscopical, radiological, comparative or archaeological anatomy or any combination thereof.

Please note availability of optional modules will be dependent on interest/numbers enrolling.

Assessment method

The assessment used will depend upon the teaching methodologies used in each module.

Formats of assessment include: written reports, specimen analyses, oral and poster presentations, practical examinations.

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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