Taught course

Human Anatomy

University of Dundee · School of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

First degree in a Life Sciences, Medicine or Dentistry, or related subject. Minimum equivalent to upper second class honours.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This is the only course in the UK where you can carry out dissection of every anatomical region on Thiel‑embalmed bodies, which are flexible, realistic and mimic the real life situation. It is also possible to complete the course over one, two or three years depending on your life circumstances, with a qualification for each successfully completed semester.

The programme is based around two large modules of human gross anatomy, where you will have an opportunity to carry out full body dissection. This will be supplemented by relevant embryology and neuroanatomy material, as well as a skills module, with choices of skill depending on your background and requirements. Several components are examined entirely by course work through dissertation, seminar presentations, essays, practical techniques and the development of an anatomical learning resource.

Both semesters 1 and 2 have a strong emphasis on gross anatomy through whole body dissection, working in groups of no more than four per cadaver. Semester 1 also has modules in Embryology and Developmental Anatomy and a Skills module, while semester 2 has modules in Neuroanatomy and in Clinical and Surgical Anatomy Topics.

Semester 3 allows students to focus on an independent and novel research project, either practical or literature based, in one of the following areas:

  • Thiel cadaveric anatomy
  • The anatomy of a specific region of clinical/surgical interest
  • Functional anatomy
  • Anatomy and biomechanics
  • Education

The research project is normally carried out at the University of Dundee, but there may be opportunities to complete this at your home institution under certain circumstances.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Tracey Wilkinson
+44 (0)1382 386825