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MSc in

Clinical Anatomy and Education

This MSc is a unique opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the clinical anatomy of the human body, alongside developing the skills to deliver exceptional teaching, assessment, course design and educational research – so you can inspire and lead in your area of clinical practice.

Course length 1 year full-time, 2 or 3 years part-time
Start date September 2024
Location Primarily based at the University of Hull*
MSc in Clinical Anatomy


Book a one-to-one appointment with the Programme Director

We're delighted to be able to offer a number of online one-to-one appointments with the Director of our MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education, Dr Paul McKeegan. If you have any questions about the programme, or would like to discuss your circumstances, please book your appointment now.

About the programme

This programme combines the core modules from the MSc in Clinical Anatomy programme with our Advance HE-accredited MSc in Health Professions Education programme.

This programme offers you the opportunity to conduct whole-body dissection, and in doing so develop a deep understanding of the complex nature of the whole of the human body and how that relates to your clinical practice.

You will gain the unique experience of working with a range of cadaveric material preserved using Thiel, Formalin and plastination embalming techniques. In particular, dissection using Thiel-embalmed cadavers offers the benefit of viewing material which is as close to living tissue as possible.

You will have the opportunity to learn from experts at the forefront of new developments in clinical anatomy, who create a dynamic and supportive learning environment as part of a diverse and welcoming community. 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 career.

The MSc features 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 and include plastic, cardiothoracic and orthopaedic surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists and emergency medicine doctors.

This programme also provides a comprehensive professional education that focuses on developing teachers and researchers of anatomy. You can choose from a range of education electives, where you will study alongside students on the MSc in Health Professions Education programme. You will have the opportunity to conduct a high-quality educational research project, supported by experts in medical education.

By undertaking the MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education, you will have the ability to put your educational training into practice with the opportunity to teach anatomy on our undergraduate Medicine programme. This experience will prepare you to teach anatomy in a medical environment, whether or not you come from a clinical background. Moreover, you will leave the programme with enough teaching experience to successfully become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and gain the right to use the post-nominal letters AFHEA.

*This programme is primarily based at the University of Hull. Some modules involve at least one study day delivered on the University of York campus, see the module information below for details.

Course content


This programme offers a range of 20 credit modules, and one research project/dissertation (60 credits).

Students' choice of modules must include 40 credits of clinical anatomy dissection modules, 40 credits of education modules and 60 credits from the research project / dissertation module. 

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


An ideal option for intercalation

The MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education is an intensive programme, but one that will equip you with the skills and experience to become a better educator, clinician or academic, giving you a competitive edge when applying for careers in both medical education and clinical practice.

If you are considering taking a year out from your undergraduate Medicine programme to intercalate, and you are interested not only in developing your clinical anatomical knowledge and skills, but also your knowledge and expertise in teaching and learning, this programme is ideal.

Intercalating at Hull York
Students discussing a CT scan of a brain with Professor Peter Bazira
Medicine students on a hospital ward at Hull Royal Infirmary
Clinical Anatomy students with Peter Bazira, examining anatomical models

Teaching and assessment

How is the programme assessed?

Throughout the programme, you will be evaluated through a combination of means, please see the module information for details. The assessments include exams, portfolio submissions, written assessments, oral presentations, group projects, research reports and a dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

What support is available?

This MSc is intensive and challenging but ultimately hugely rewarding. In addition to the student support services at the University of Hull, we also have our own dedicated student support team providing a range of pastoral services to all our Hull York Medical School students.

This programme develops you to become a self-directed learner – and therefore a lifelong learner. This may be a new skill to you to learn, but you will not be on your own; you will benefit from small teaching groups and high contact hours during your programme, so you always have someone to help you throughout your learning.

Support and wellbeing
Health Professions Education students
Clinical Anatomy graduate Dr Walter Mercer-Holland


As someone who is interested in pursuing a career in medical education, the opportunity to study a joint MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education was and remains an unrivalled opportunity, not offered by any other University. Gaining this qualification not only helped me to achieve my aspirations of becoming involved in medical education in the future alongside pursuing my passion for anatomy, but it will also be of value when applying for jobs and specialist training.
2020 Medicine graduate, intercalated in MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education

Dr Walter Mercer Holland

About the programme

Career prospects

Students on these programmes come from a diverse range of backgrounds and go on to develop careers in anatomy or medical education, surgery, clinical practice and allied health disciplines, or go on to further study.

Students who wish to embark upon a clinical career will benefit from the competitive edge afforded by the opportunities for teaching and for research publication when applying for foundation year or speciality training, or for clinical education positions.

Students who wish to embark upon a career in medical or anatomical education will benefit from a solid pedagogical underpinning and extensive teaching experience. Graduates of this programme have gone onto further study, or directly into Higher Education teaching positions. This programme is ideal for those interested in becoming an anatomy educator within medical or other health professions programmes.


Published dissertations

Students studying the MSc in Clinical Anatomy are very much part of our research community, and experience much of their learning through research and inquiry. This leads to our students producing high quality research for their dissertation, which we encourage and support them to publish in academic journals.

Our students' latest published dissertations for the MSc in Clinical Anatomy and MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education include:

Bruce, C., Ubhi, N., McKeegan, P. and Sanders, K. (2023) Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cardiovascular Consequences of Myocardial Bridging in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The American Journal of Cardiology. 

Kenny, E.J.G., Makwana, H.N., Thankachan, M., Clunie, L., Dueñas, A.D. (2022, Jul 27) The Use of Ultrasound in Undergraduate Medical Anatomy Education: a Systematic Review with Narrative Synthesis. Medical Science Educator.

Ayre, J.R., Bazira, P.J., Abumattar, M., Makwana, H.N., Sanders, K.A. (2021, Dec 2021). A new classification system for the anatomical variations of the human circle of Willis: A systematic review. Journal of Anatomy.

Jones, J. D., Castanho, P., Bazira, P., & Sanders, K. (2020, Jul 26). Anatomical variations of the circle of Willis and their prevalence, with a focus on the posterior communicating artery: A literature review and meta-analysis. Clin Anat.

Brown, M. E. L., Coker, O., Heybourne, A., & Finn, G. M. (2020, 2020/09/01). Exploring the Hidden Curriculum’s Impact on Medical Students: Professionalism, Identity Formation and the Need for Transparency. Medical Science Educator, 30(3), 1107-1121.

Brown, M. E. L., Hunt, G. E. G., Hughes, F., & Finn, G. M. (2020, Aug 13). 'Too male, too pale, too stale': a qualitative exploration of student experiences of gender bias within medical education. BMJ Open, 10(8), e039092.

Curlewis, K., Leung, B., Perera, M., Bazira, P. J., & Sanders, K. A. (2020, Jun 22). Clay-Based Modeling in the Anatomist's Toolkit: A Systematic Review. Anat Sci Educ.


Entry requirements

Applicants must have a 2:1 (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science, Anatomical Science, Veterinary Medicine, Zoology or a related subject, to include training in human or mammalian biology with considerable emphasis on anatomy. You are encouraged to highlight previous anatomical experience in your application.

Intercalating medical students must have successfully completed a minimum of three years of an MB BS or comparable medical qualification.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must have one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components
  • LangCert B2 Communicator High Pass (minimum score 33/50)
  • WASSCE: C5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees listed are for 2024 entry; fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation as fees are reviewed on an annual basis and may change.

The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (Home) or International (including EU) student. Check your fee status on the University of York website.

UK (Home)

  • Full-time: £12,480
  • Part-time (2 years): £6,240
  • Part-time (3 years): £4,160

International (including EU)

  • Full-time: £29,400
  • Part-time (2 years): £14,700
  • Part-time (3 years): £9,800

Applicants who are self-funded and assessed by the University of Hull as paying the overseas tuition fee rate are required to pay a non-refundable deposit at the point of offer to secure a place for 2024-entry. A place will not be guaranteed until the full deposit has been received. The University reserves the right to stop accepting deposit payments once course places are full and, as a result, may defer an offer to the next available intake. Find out more about the University of Hull Tuition Fee Deposit.


There are a number of funding options available to help with costs and support your postgraduate study. To apply for funding, you will need to hold an offer to study at Hull York Medical School.


How to apply

To apply, please submit an online application on the University of York website.

You don’t need to complete your application all at once; you can start it, save it and finish it later.

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2024 for International (including EU) applicants, and 31 July 2024 for UK (Home) applicants.