Professor Peter Bazira


Director of the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences

Role at Hull York Medical School

Peter is Professor of Clinical Anatomy and Medical Education at Hull York Medical School. He is also the Director of the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences, an academic centre that brings together Hull York Medical School staff based at the Universities of Hull and York with expertise in clinical, functional and comparative anatomy and physiology.

Peter is also the Chair of the Hull York Medical School Board of Studies. In this role he has oversight of the entirety of academic governance for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, including (i) teaching, curricula and assessment, (ii) attendance, progress and conduct of students, and (iii) recommendations for the award of degrees. The Board of Studies reports to the Hull York Medical School Joint Senate Committee.


Peter is a medically qualified clinical anatomist. He received his medical training at Makerere University in Uganda and worked in general practice and in obstetrics and gynaecology at Mulago National Referral Hospital. A classically trained anatomist, Peter has been an active teacher of embryology, histology, gross anatomy, comparative anatomy, radiological anatomy and clinically applied anatomy since 1997, working at both Makerere University and St George's University of London.


Peter's main professional interests lie in medical education - covering a) learning in the context of medical and health professions education with particular emphasis on anatomy, b) access and participation in medical and health professions education, and c) medical education policy; and clinical anatomy - covering the links and relationship between form and function, and their application to clinical practice and the development of novel surgical procedures.

Peter utilises both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in his research and is an active peer-reviewer for several anatomical and educational journals.


Peter teaches clinical and applied anatomy and is responsible for the provision of learning opportunities (using lectures, synchronous and asynchronous interactive learning opportunities, flipped classrooms, seminars and practical sessions as appropriate) and assessment of gross anatomy, clinical anatomy, radiological anatomy, clinical microanatomy and clinical neuroanatomy for medical students (MBBS), postgraduate students (MSc) and surgical trainees.

His teaching roles across the Medical School’s educational programmes are as follows:


Phase 1 (Y1 & Y2) Core clinical anatomy

Phase 2 (Y3 & Y4) Scholarship and Special Interest Programmes (SSIP)

M.Sc. in Clinical Anatomy (and Education)

Module lead for “Embryology and Clinical Neuroanatomy” and “Clinical Microanatomy” modules and research project supervisor

M.Sc. in Health Professions Education

Tutor for “Anatomy Pedagogy” and ”Learning and Teaching” modules and research project supervisor

M.Sc. in Physician Associate Studies

Tutor for core clinical anatomy


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Postgraduate research supervision

Peter supervises research projects for Postgraduate Research (MSc, MD, PhD) students in a wide spectrum of anatomical and educational areas including radiological studies, biomechanics, cadaveric studies and medical education.

He currently supervises the following doctoral students:

Rebecca Quinn - Threshold concepts in medical education (PhD)
Jerome Philip - Submandibular free-flaps in head and neck reconstructive surgery (MD)
Margaret Guest - Interprofessional Education using simulation in the management of the deteriorating patient in undergraduate nursing and medical students (PhD)
Karen Kirkness - Alignment and Complexity in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum (PhD)

External roles

Peter is an examiner for the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (MRCS) and the Series Editor for "Surgical and Clinical Anatomy for the MRCS Exam" in the SURGERY Journal. He is also external examiner for MD5 and MD6 at the University of Nicosia Medical School in Cyprus and external examiner for the year 2 DDS at the UWI School of Dentistry, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

He was previously external examiner for the MBChB at the School of Medicine, University of Keele, the MBChB at the School of Medicine, University of Liverpool, and the MBBS and the Intercalated B.Sc. at St George's University of London.

Honours and awards

Peter has been recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE). He is also the Series Editor for "Surgical and Clinical Anatomy for the MRCS Exam" for the Surgery (Oxford) Journal and an active member of both the British Association of Clinical Anatomists and the Anatomical Society.

Peter has also been recognised for his active role as an MRCS examiner - winning the Harold Ellis Prize, which recognises considerable commitment and contribution to the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England on the part of a basic Scientist Examiner.