Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Analytical Methods

Module overview

This module will examine musculoskeletal anatomy, focusing on the regional anatomy of upper and lower limbs, using prosection and also tissue histological analysis of muscle and bone. This learning will then be complemented by use of techniques to study musculoskeletal composition and turnover in living human subjects using isotopic tracer methods.

Module attendance required

A variety of methods will be involved including didactic lectures, small group teaching, laboratory based practicals, data analysis and PBL with a total of 105 contact hours.


Multiple-choice questions (20%) and problem-based learning based on analysis and interpretation of isotope labelling data (30%).

Workbook for the anatomy element (50%)

Module dates

Semester 1 and 2 - exact tdates to be confirmed

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

  • Professor Taunton Southwood, consultant Rheumatologist, University of Birmingham
  • Prof J Wilton, head of anatomy, University of Birmingham 
  • Dr Mike Gilder, senior lecturer in anatomy