12 months
31100 GBP/year
14400 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Human Anatomy programme at The University of Edinburgh aims to improve your theoretical and practical knowledge of human anatomy through an intensive on-campus dissection course, as well as the development and learning of theoretical and practical aspects of teaching anatomy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 


In this Human Anatomy programme at The University of Edinburgh you will:

  • learn anatomy through dissection
  • gain knowledge and experience of anatomical teaching
  • take additional modules on neuroanatomy, embryology, anatomy law and ethics and medical imaging.
  • contribute to world-leading anatomical and/or biomedical research

Anatomy of the human body

One is the in-depth study of the anatomy of the human body. Anatomical knowledge will be learned to a level to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students and professions allied to medicine.

This strand will involve the dissection of a body in groups of three to five students over two semesters.

This part of the course is largely self-directed, with regular 'surgeries' when teaching staff are present to answer questions and help students with the dissections.

Anatomy pedagogy

The other is anatomy pedagogy, covering the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching anatomy to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Next to theoretical lectures and workshops, the first semester will focus on observing the teaching of anatomy to medical undergraduate students.

The second semester will focus on being involved in preparing and carrying out teaching sessions to both small and large groups of students.

The learned theoretical material, observations and practical experiences will be compiled in an end-of year teaching portfolio.

The experience that you will gain can be used towards an application as an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Additional programme content

Complementing these strands will be a lecture-based embryology course providing you with an understanding of normal human development and how normal development can go wrong, manifested in commonly observed congenital abnormalities.

You will also study:

  • neuroanatomy
  • the health and safety of embalming procedures and handling bodies
  • the legal and historical aspects of anatomy in Scotland and the UK
  • an introduction to the ethics of using bodies in medical education
  • clinical techniques used to image the body

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you gain a highly regarded qualification in anatomy and the teaching of anatomy.

It will provide you with a set of major transferable skills such as:

  • dissecting experience
  • teaching experience
  • expertise in health and safety
  • anatomy law and ethics

This programme can therefore open up possibilities in, for example anatomy teaching, anatomy laboratories, further studies in medical and biomedical sciences, further research leading to a PhD, and many more increasing your long-term career prospects.

Programme Structure

Semester one

  • Basic Human Anatomy, Imaging and Embryology 1: Provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of the upper/lower limbs and thorax, incorporating:

    • gross anatomy
    • surface anatomy
    • medical imaging
    • embryology
  • Anatomy Law and Ethics: Divided into 3 parts:

    • health and safety of anatomy and body handling
    • the legislation that governs the activities of anatomy departments both in Scotland and throughout the UK
    • the ethics of using human material for the teaching of anatomy
Semester two
  • Basic Human Anatomy, Imaging and Embryology 2: Provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of the abdomen, pelvis and head and neck, incorporating:

    • gross anatomy
    • surface anatomy
    • medical imaging
    • embryology
  • Neuroanatomy: Gross anatomy of the:

    • central and peripheral nervous systems
    • sensory and motor pathways
    • cranial nerves
    • spinal cord
    • spinal nerves
    • autonomic nervous system
Semesters one and two
  • Teaching Anatomy 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a medical, biomedical or relevant bioscience subject, or other subject allied to medicine.
  • We may also consider applicants with a UK 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree or its international equivalent, if you have other qualifications with relevant work experience, normally of at least one year; for example if you have human anatomy work experience (i.e. human anatomy tutor, demonstrator, dissector etc) or in medical and paramedical fields. Please contact the programme team to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14400 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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