Applications for the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Anatomy will be considered on an individual basis, with particular emphasis on a demonstrable interest in human anatomy. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
Months of entry
This taught Postgraduate Certificate in Human Anatomy is a new unique programme offering comprehensive training in all human anatomy, including legislation relevant to working in a human anatomy laboratory.
- You will study in one of the busiest human anatomy laboratories in Europe where we admit approximately 100 donors each year. This provides us with a very unique and privileged way to teach and research in the field of human anatomy.
- You will have access to a large number of prosected (professionally dissected) anatomical specimens.
- During your studies you will have access to the recently refurbished teaching and research laboratories within the Thomson Building.
- You will study in facilities which house our Clinical Anatomy Skills Centre (CASC) - a unique partnership between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the University of Glasgow.
- You will also have access to recently modernised and refurbished laboratories including a large dissection room, histology teaching laboratory, histology preparation library as well as the surgical suites of CASC. Our tutorial and lecture facilities have ben updated with modern audio-visual equipment, all with internet access.
- During your studies you will have access to the world-renowned anatomical and pathological collections of William Hunter and John Cleland. These collections are unique to Glasgow and we hold the world’s largest collection of anatomical specimens from these two significant individuals who enhanced anatomical knowledge and understanding.
- Clinical anatomists active in research will teach you, and by those specialising in pedagogical techniques related to anatomy and anatomical education.
- The course also has postgraduate demonstrating staff that have either anatomical or anatomical and medical visualisation training.
- On completion of the programme you will have gained valuable understanding and a range of skills encompassing anatomical legislation, human anatomy, cadaveric dissection techniques and typical laboratory practices within this environment.
- We have excellent links with clinicians, paramedical and allied health professionals, scientists and industry specialists.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Anatomy comprises three core compulsory courses taught from January – May each year. It comprises approximately 10 hours of direct contact teaching each week during the course.
Introduction to Anatomy
- During this course you will learn about the history of anatomy, modern day approaches to the subject area and learn about the legislation related to body and organ donation.
- You will also receive an introduction to each of the major body systems i.e. nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital systems as well as the special senses.
Structure and Function of the Human Body
- This course will cover upper and lower limb, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, head and neck and genitourinary anatomy in an advanced level of detail
- You will examine the wide collection of prosections held in the Laboratory of Human Anatomy, coupled with medical imaging techniques, histological sections, historical specimens and embryology as relevant to the system studied.
Cadaveric Dissection Techniques
- In this course you will undertake cadaveric dissection of the thoracic anatomy from superficial to deep.
- You will work in small groups with a designated cadaver to help explore the anatomy of the chest.
- You will be trained in relevant dissection practice, and link it to relevant health and safety practices, applying the relevant anatomical legislation in a practical environment.
Teaching and Learning Methods
During your training in anatomy, you will receive tuition using a wide variety of methods from expert staff including tutorials, lectures, group work, laboratory classes and dissection based classes. As such you will develop a wide range of skills useful in an anatomical and clinically applied environment. These skills will aid in teamwork, scientific exploration, problem solving and identifying relevant laboratory protocols.
The course is assessed by a variety of different methods including essay writing, group presentations, “spot” examinations where anatomical structures have to be identified, or potentially, applied anatomy has to be demonstrated through data interpretation, and group work through continuous assessment.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training): overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0. IBTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Dr. Paul Rea