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MSc | Postgraduate Taught

Clinical Anatomy

Entry year
Entry requirements
MB or BDS degree
1 years (Full Time)
3 years (Part Time)
Places available
  • Overview

    This MSc in Clinical Anatomy aims to provide students with a greater understanding of advanced human anatomy including appropriate radiological anatomy, microscopic anatomy and embryology.

    The modules presented emphasise clinically and surgically relevant anatomy, although they are not designed exclusively for clinicians.

    Clinical Anatomy highlights

    Queen's is one of the few medical schools in the UK to teach students through anatomical dissection.

    World Class Facilities

    • Queen's is one of the few medical schools in the UK where students have access to human cadaveric teaching material in a purpose-built facility licensed by the Human Tissue Authority.

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • Teaching will be based in the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education, whose staff have won seven Queen's University Teaching Awards in recent years.

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionAnatomy Modules:

    Applied Anatomy of the Trunk (Compulsory)

    This module will cover theoretical and practical aspects of applied clinical anatomy of the regions of the thorax by the study of relevant human embalmed specimens and their radiology.

    Applied Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Brain (Optional)

    This module will cover the applied/clinically relevant anatomy of the head and neck region, including the central nervous system and cranial nerves, by the study of human embalmed material and relevant radiology/imagery.

    Applied Anatomy of the Limbs and Back (Optional)

    This module will cover the detailed anatomy of the upper and lower limbs and the back through the study of a range of human cadaveric specimens. Particular emphasis will be made on functional and clinical anatomy.

    Evolution of the Human Body (Optional)

    This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the comparative anatomy between modern humans and our closest living relatives (the Great Apes). They will gain an understanding of how our current anatomy evolved since the split with the last human/chimpanzee common ancestor by considering the fossil evidence for extinct hominid species from the genera Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, Pithecanthropus and Homo. Particular emphasis will be given to the evolution of the limbs, pelvis, thoracic cage, cranium, brain and dentition.

    Special Topics in Microscopic Anatomy (Optional)

    This module covers the detailed microscopic anatomy of selected organs and organ systems. The areas selected for study may vary but will be decided in agreement with students.

    Special Topics in Embryology (Optional)

    This module covers the clinically relevant embryology and development of selected organs and organ systems. The areas selected for study may vary but will be decided in agreement with students.

    Anatomy Project (Compulsory)

    This module comprises a student-led piece of research/scholarly activity in the general field of anatomy, overseen by an academic supervisor. The research may be on any aspect of anatomical science including gross, microscopical, radiological, comparative or archaeological anatomy or any combination thereof.

    Please note availability of optional modules will be dependent on interest/numbers enrolling.

    People teaching you

    Postgraduate and Professional Development


    Teaching Times

    Combination of either morning or afternoon teaching.

    Career Prospects

    This programme will support career development for trainees in many medical specialties and those from the allied health professionals undertaking continued professional development. It would also be of benefit to those wishing to engage in a career as an anatomy teacher.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:


    Queen's University Medical School has a long tradition of excellent medical education which is constantly updated in response to developments in medical science and practice. We aim to deliver a high quality course utilising innovative teaching methods and best practice to create a supportive environment designed to enable students to achieve their personal and academic potential.

    There is a combination of classes on this course and a number of practical learning methods including; lectures, practicals, self-directed study and one-to-one training.


    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    The assessment used will depend upon the teaching methodologies used in each module.

    Formats of assessment include: written reports, specimen analyses, oral and poster presentations, practical examinations.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A medical or dental degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, or a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a relevant discipline (e.g. Anatomy, Biomedical Science, Human Biology).

    All applicants must have studied human anatomy as a significant part of their undergraduate degree.

    Intercalating Applicants

    Intercalating medical and dental students within QUB will also be considered if they have successfully completed the 3rd/4th year of their course at first attempt and achieved at least an upper second class honours standard. Intercalating applicants should also ensure they have permission to intercalate from either the Director for Medical Education or Dentistry as appropriate.

    An external medical or dental student wishing to intercalate must be ranked in the top half of their year cohort to have their application considered. Applicants must have passed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying (normally 3rd or 4th year).

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £5,900
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £5,900
    Other (non-UK) EU £5,900
    International £20,200

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2019-20 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Clinical Anatomy costs

    There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    How do I fund my study?

    The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

    A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2019 Entry.

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