Functional and Clinical Anatomy MSc

Part time (2 years)
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

MSc £4,455 per year

More details on fees and funding 

Please note, the MSc Functional and Clinical Anatomy programme will not be running for the academic year 2018/19. If you are interested in this programme, please email to register your interest. 

This programme offers the opportunity to study functional, comparative and clinical anatomy to a higher level of critical understanding. It is designed for ambitious clinicians who will have studied anatomy at undergraduate level to extend their knowledge and understanding of the subject in a functional context in an academically stimulating environment whilst maintaining their clinical careers rather than having to interrupt their career path. Students come from all parts of Great Britain including: Wales, Dublin, Belfast, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Lincoln as well as locally.

The quotation below was taken from an article two of our students submitted to the British Medical Journal about this programme. 

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.

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.

Rhys Morris, Priam Heire, Article from BMJ

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.




£4,455 per year for two years. This fee is applicable to UK/EU students and international 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.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

You can apply for a government loan of up to £10,280 (2017/18) per student for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.


Global Scholarships for Excellence

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year. 

Overseas Research Scholarships

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.

How To Apply

Please note, the MSc Functional and Clinical Anatomy programme will not be running for the academic year 2017/18. If you are interested in this programme, please email to register your interest. 

Our Standard Requirements

MBChB, MBBS or equivalent certificate in medicine, BDS or equivalent certificate in dental science

Learn more about entry requirements

International Requirements

International Students

Academic 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).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Learning will be through lectures, seminars and small group sessions, with practical experience in clinics and laboratories – all these with a high staff to student ratio. You will produce a detailed and thorough dissection of a human cadaver; this will develop your manual skills as well as inform your higher level of understanding in topographical anatomy. 

You are encouraged to contribute directly to planning the course content and required to continuously evaluate the taught modules. In addition, student representatives are elected to the course advisory panel.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Assessment Methods

The programme will be assessed using a variety of methods, which will include essays, extended matching set questions and short notes questions and a viva, with formative assessments offered in each of these forms. A final dissertation and presentation based upon original research is required for completion of this MSc.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website.