A modern approach to anatomy

From the beginning of your course, you will use a blended approach to build your knowledge of human anatomy, using a combination of learning resources including prosections, plastinated specimens, anatomical models, videos, e-learning resources, radiological imaging and the clinical examination of living anatomy. This will be supported by a programme of lectures, workshops and problem-based learning.

All the anatomy learning opportunities are supported by our recently upgraded anatomy facilities at our Hull campus, which includes the facilities for plastination and Thiel embalming, a leading-edge method of soft-fix embalming that retains the human body's natural look and feel, making it an excellent resource for training in anatomical, surgical, diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Prosections and plastination

You will predominantly use prosections and plastinated specimens to learn anatomy from donated bodies:

  • Prosections are anatomical specimens that have been previously dissected by expert anatomists to display specific structures, relationships, systems and regions
  • Plastinated specimens are pre-dissected anatomical specimens preserved by replacing body fluids and fat with silicone or epoxy polymers

Our tightly integrated programmes means that the anatomy skills you learn will help your understanding in other areas of the programme such as physiology, pathology and clinical skills. 

Using prosections and plastinated specimens help you learn the structure of the human body in a clinically-focused and time-efficient manner. Together, these tools provide all the knowledge and applied anatomy skills you need for your medical career.

Dr Peter Bazria Senior Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy


Dissection-based studies

We offer opportunities for medical students to undertake dissection-based studies of anatomy, over and above the requirements of the core medical curriculum. You may choose, for instance, to undertake a detailed dissection of an anatomical region of the body as part of the Scholarship and Special Interest Programme or during your elective, to study anatomy in depth within a clinical context.

Intercalation opportunities

We offer MSc programmes in Clinical AnatomyClinical Anatomy and Education (based around a core of whole-body dissection), and Human Anatomy and Evolution, which can be undertaken as intercalation options after Year 3 of the MBBS (or equivalent). These intercalated courses are also open to applicants from other medical schools.