This programme offers the opportunity to study functional, comparative and clinical anatomy to a higher level of critical understanding. Advanced skills in learning as well as practical skills used during this programme will support your career development and introduce you to higher skills for clinical practice. It has been designed to allow participating students to maintain their clinical experience whilst studying for a highly relevant MSc level qualification.
Two of our students submitted an article to the British Medical Journal about this programme. Find a quote below or read the full article.
We highly recommended this course to ambitious clinicians from a diverse range of specialties who are keen to build on a number of essential and desirable skills. Beyond improving anatomical knowledge, the programme helps participants develop an analytical approach to research, manual dexterity through dissection, and presentation skills.
As it is part time, this course can be done during foundation or specialty training without the need for a prolonged period out of full time work. This obviates the loss of income associated with other full time postgraduate degrees and the risk of potential deskilling through time spent away from clinical areas.
Why study this course
This course will allow you to:
develop a level of dissection skill that is both informed by and continues to enhance your understanding of anatomy and its variability between individuals
take the opportunity to study developmental and comparative functional anatomy to a higher level of critical understanding
develop a capacity for, and a habit of, using analytical and critical approaches in reading research literature as part of independent learning
develop advanced skills of independent and collaborative learning that will support your academic work and introduce you to higher levels of clinical practice
gain experience of learning in laboratories and clinics where internationally-recognised research and treatment are being developed
On completion of the Functional and Clinical Anatomy Masters course you will have gained:
knowledge and understanding of the detailed functional anatomy of the body that will inform your understanding and decision making in complex clinical practice
a knowledge of the embryological development and growth of the regions and systems of the body and their implications upon its functional anatomy important in decision making in clinical practice
an understanding of the consequences of pathological states upon functional anatomy and the anatomical causes of pathology
experience and understanding of methodologies and paradigms used in medical research that will enhance your ability to embark upon appropriate and significant research both within the course and in future clinical practice
These will give you the opportunity to work in clinics and laboratories where internationally recognised research and treatments are being developed.
The flexibility in choosing a dissertation project gives students the opportunity to explore an area of interest and may result in further publications or posters to improve their CV.
There are five compulsory modules:
Functional anatomy of the trunk and lower limb
Functional anatomy of the upper limb, head and neck
Dissection and decision making
Research methods and appraisal of published work
Dissertation based upon research
You will take two optional modules, these include:
Anatomical and immunological basis of transplantation
Anatomical basis of trauma management
Inflammatory disease of joints
These modules will give you the opportunity to work in clinics and laboratories where internationally recognised research and treatments are being developed.
Please note: programmes evolve continually to keep them up to date so please check the website regularly for any changes
Fees and funding
£4005 per year for two years. This fee is applicable to UK/EU students and non-UK/EU students working in a UK/EU hospital.
Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.
Learn more about fees and funding.
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding Home/EU and International students on our postgraduate taught programmes.
For 2015 entry the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme offers 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.
For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.
For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.
MBChB, MBBS or equivalent certificate in medicine, BDS or equivalent certificate in dental science
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
How to apply
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages