Key Facts

Course Title: Applied Clinical Anatomy
Course type: Postgraduate Certificate
Mode of Study:Full Time or Part Time
Contact Details:01782 734551
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Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Subject Area: Health and Rehabilitation


The certificate is designed to allow choice and foster personal development. Plenty of opportunity will be given to students to develop their skills in anatomy and dissections using human cadaveric specimens.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Clinical Anatomy (60 M Level credits) consists of three modules, the two core modules are compulsory; Applied Clinical Anatomy 1 worth 15 M Level credits, and Applied Clinical Anatomy 2 worth 30 M Level credits. To facilitate ongoing personal development and make up the required 60 Masters Level credits, the student can choose a further optional module related to the aims of the certificate. Students may transfer their credits to an MSc (Health Sciences) or an MSc (Neuromusculoskeletal Healthcare). There are many Master's Level modules available to choose from within the University.

Full Time route (taken in up to approximately 9 months)

Semester 1

(Year 1)

Semester 2

(Year 1)


Part Time route (taken in up to approximately 21 months)

Semester 1

(Year 1)

Semester 2

(Year 1)

Semester 3

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  • Option module 15 credits which can be taken in either semester depending on when the chosen module runs

Semester 4

(Year 2)


Aims of the Course

To promote the acquisition of applied anatomical knowledge and skills and the application of anatomical science.

Entry Requirements

The course is aimed at students who have studied some basic anatomy within their first degree, for example: medical doctors, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives, other health related professionals, graduates in biology, cell biology, biomedical science, sports science, medical illustrators etc. Candidates should normally have a first or second-class honours degree in a relevant subject and/or recognised professional qualification.

For students whose first language is not English, evidence will normally* be required of successful completion of an English Language qualification such as IELTS (minimum 6.5 with at least 6 in each sub-test). All applications are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should ensure that their personal statements identify why they wish to study this course.


*In exceptional circumstances, if the school believes a student to be academically strong but has a borderline IELTS (or equivalent) score (e.g. a student with an UK equivalent high first class degree qualification and misses one component of the IELTS by 0.5 in a speaking or listening section), the applicant may be interviewed by the academic from both the School and the Language Centre. If the student is successful in the interview they maybe considered for entry.

Course Content

The certificate consists of three modules (two core compulsory plus one option).

  • Applied Clinical Anatomy 1 (core) worth 15 M Level credits. This module will cover histology, embryology, identification of prosections, gross anatomy of various systems, radiology, preserving, and embalming. The gross anatomy will be linked to functional and clinical relevance
  • Applied Clinical Anatomy 2 (core) worth 30 M Level credits. Through student-led tutorials, theoretical and practical studies including dissections, the student will cover in-depth, the theoretical and practical aspects of knowledge relating to the student’s chosen anatomical focus
  • One option module to the value of 15 credits at Master's Level

There are many Master's Level modules available within the Faculty and the wider University. The Academic Year starts in September, and is divided into two semesters; one core module will be available in each semester. This allows the student the freedom to select an optional module within either semester.

Core Modules

Applied Clinical Anatomy 1 (15 credits)
Applied Clinical Anatomy 2 (30 credits)

Option Modules

A wide choice of modules can be chosen from within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences module listings and/or the wider University. For example, modules available from the School of Health and Rehabilitation (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) include those below:

  • Research Methods in Health (15)
  • Evidence Based Practice (15) – delivered electronically via distance learning
  • Introducing Acupuncture (15)
  • Essentials of Manual Therapy Assessment (15)
  • Physiology of Neuromusculoskeletal Tissue (15)
  • Concepts of Neurological Rehabilitation (15)
  • Physiology and Pharmacology of Pain (15)
  • Assessment and Measurement (15)
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Pain (15)
  • Dynamic Ultrasound Imaging (15)
  • Independent Study (15)
  • Assistive Technologies in Neurological Rehabilitation (15)
  • Advanced Therapeutic Management of Respiratory Problems (15)
  • Behaviour Change for Health and Well-Being (15)

Candidates can also apply for assessment of prior learning (APL) exemptions against option modules, or choose to take option modules from a range offered by other Faculties in the University, or other Universities, provided they are consistent with the aims of the programme and are approved by the Course Team.

Teaching and Assessment

The programme of study will be delivered through block teaching sessions and self-directed study (see individual modular specification for details of hours, etc.). Teaching format will be lecturers, seminars, discussions, problem-solving sessions, tutorials, and dissections to address theoretical and practical aspects of applied clinical anatomical knowledge. The student is expected to complete at least double the amount of self directed study.

A variety of modes of assessment are offered. For the Applied Clinical Anatomy 1 module – the student can choose their own mode of assessment from the selection given, for example, assignment, presentation or an interactive practical examination. For the Applied Clinical Anatomy 2, the student will present a portfolio of evidence of their experiential learning during the process of exploring in-depth the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical anatomical knowledge relating to the students chosen field of knowledge. This will include a 4000-word assignment, four laboratory reports including such activities as dissections, clinical meetings, etc., a 2500 word reflective piece demonstrating experiential learning and finally the evidence of experiential learning.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.