The University of Edinburgh
Human Anatomy MSc
The University of Edinburgh

Key Course Facts

Course Description

In this programme you will:

  • learn anatomy through dissection

  • gain knowledge and experience of anatomical teaching

  • take additional modules on neuroanatomy, embryology, anatomy law and ethics and medical imaging.

  • contribute to world-leading anatomical and/or biomedical research

Our programme aims to improve your theoretical and practical knowledge of human anatomy through an intensive on-campus dissection course, as well as the development and learning of theoretical and practical aspects of teaching anatomy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Programme strands

This programme has two main strands.

Anatomy of the human body

One is the in-depth study of the anatomy of the human body. Anatomical knowledge will be learned to a level to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students and professions allied to medicine.

This strand will involve the dissection of a body in groups of three to five students over two semesters.

This part of the course is largely self-directed, with regular 'surgeries' when teaching staff are present to answer questions and help students with the dissections.

Anatomy pedagogy

The other is anatomy pedagogy, covering the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching anatomy to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Next to theoretical lectures and workshops, the first semester will focus on observing the teaching of anatomy to medical undergraduate students.

The second semester will focus on being involved in preparing and carrying out teaching sessions to both small and large groups of students.

The learned theoretical material, observations and practical experiences will be compiled in an end-of year teaching portfolio.

The experience that you will gain can be used towards an application as an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Additional programme content

Complementing these strands will be a lecture-based embryology course providing you with an understanding of normal human development and how normal development can go wrong, manifested in commonly observed congenital abnormalities.

You will also study:

  • neuroanatomy

  • the health and safety of embalming procedures and handling bodies

  • the legal and historical aspects of anatomy in Scotland and the UK

  • an introduction to the ethics of using bodies in medical education

  • clinical techniques used to image the body

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Human Anatomy, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is located in the Scottish city of the same name, and is one of the oldest universities in the entire United Kingdom, having opened in the year 1583. The university enjoys a strong reputation for its contributions to international research efforts, which is reflected in their inclusion in the Russell Group, Universitas 21, and Una Europa. Edinburgh offers its residents a historic yet modern city, with a lively nightlife scene, reliable public transport, and friendly locals.

Where is this programme taught

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