Taught course

Human Anatomy and Evolution

University of York · Hull York Medical School

Entry requirements

This programme is open to strong graduates in anatomy, anthropology, archaeology, biology, psychology, forensics, zoology and other related fields, with a minimum 2.1 degree or equivalent.

For intercalating medical students, a minimum of 3 years of successful MBBS or comparable medical qualifications is required.

Months of entry


Course content

Understanding the processes by which the human species evolved over time is crucial for understanding our modern anatomical form. The MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution provides you with a rare opportunity to study anatomy from an evolutionary perspective.

This programme will provide you with a deep insight into the growth and development of the human musculoskeletal system, helping you to understand and appreciate the diversity and evolution of our living and extinct primate relatives, and how anatomical form relates to our species environment, development, and evolution history.

This MSc programme combines comparative anatomy, anthropology and archaeological study to investigate how the human body has evolved over time, and sheds light on the mechanisms behind the anatomy of our species. Our programme is designed by experts, to create experts. You will learn the most up-to-date tools, theory and practical insights from within the field.

By completing this programme, you will be able to understand in detail human anatomy and evolution, including the evolution of our closest relatives, the primates, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal anatomy and its interfaces with ecology and behaviour.

The course will equip you with knowledge and cutting edge practical experience required to interpret functional and evolutionary anatomy. You can gain hands on experience of virtual modelling techniques and have the option to gain practical knowledge of anatomy through dissection of human cadaveric material.

This programme is delivered by research-active subject experts in small teaching groups, with a high professor-student ratio – so you will benefit first-hand from their expertise and hone your research skills.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of proficiency with atleast IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
01904 321690