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
You will also study:
- 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
This programme has been designed to help you gain a highly regarded qualification in anatomy and the teaching of anatomy.
It will provide you with a set of major transferable skills such as:
- dissecting experience
- teaching experience
- expertise in health and safety
- anatomy law and ethics
This programme can therefore open up possibilities in, for example anatomy teaching, anatomy laboratories, further studies in medical and biomedical sciences, further research leading to a PhD, and many more increasing your long-term career prospects.
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.
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, the 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 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.