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Human Anatomy and Evolution - MSc

Course Description

The MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution is a unique programme, allowing you to study human anatomy from an evolutionary perspective. You will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge of cutting edge tools for morphometrics, imaging and functional simulation used to interpret the fossil record. In addition, you can gain practical knowledge of anatomy through dissection of human cadaveric material as well as comparative anatomical study. You will also undertake a research project of your choice in consultation with your supervisor to investigate a current question in human evolution.

You will be taught in small groups and have access to, and work alongside, tutors and researchers who are leading experts in their fields. They will share their expertise, knowledge and skills, and support you throughout the duration of your course.

The Human Anatomy and Evolution programme offers a mix of core modules and electives, giving you the opportunity to develop fundamental evolutionary and anatomical knowledge whilst also enhancing your skills in specialist areas of interest. You also have the option to study full-time over one year, or part-time over two years - refer to the programme brochure for more details.

Cutting edge facilities and techniques

You will have access to a dedicated computer suite with a full range of software, including generic and specialist anatomy, virtual anthropology, modelling and engineering packages. You will practice 3D modelling and imaging, 3D printing and visualisation, as well as research techniques, including data collection and analysis.

You will also have access to the state-of-the-art dissection facilities at the where you will gain practical anatomical knowledge through the study of human cadaveric material.

Access to world-leading experts and networks

Through membership of the interdisciplinary PALAEO Centre at the University of York, you will meet and work alongside internationally renowned specialists. PALAEO holds regular meetings to research major questions in human evolution.

An ideal option for intercalating students

This programme is an ideal option for medical students wishing to intercalate. It will hone and develop your analytical and research skills, as well as your practical skills using state-of-the-art equipment, which will enhance your performance on your undergraduate programme.

Flexible options available

If you would like to study part-time, the programme has been designed with an estimated seven hours contact time per week spread over two working days. More information on the part time structure is available in the handbook.

Visit the Human Anatomy and Evolution - MSc page on the University of York website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Emily Hunter

The MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution is an extremely well designed programme. The modules are modern and interesting, the programme itself is cohesive and well organised, and with excellent tutors, it’s a fantastic course.


HYMS MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution Scholarship - Single Award

Applicants are selected on a competitive basis on academic merit, demonstrable motivation to subject matter and ability to communicate.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You will need to hold a conditional or unconditional offer for the programme. You need a minimum of at 2.1 and IELTS 7.

Application Procedure

To apply for the scholarship, please contact [email protected],.ac.uk or visit http://www.hyms.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught-programmes/msc-in-human-anatomy-evolution

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Open to strong graduates in anatomy, anthropology, archaeology, biology, psychology, zoology and related fields. Minimum 2.1 or equivalent. IELTS 7 for applicants whose first language is not English. For intercalating students, a minimum of 3 years of successful MBBS or comparable medical qualifications is required.

Last Updated

31 May 2017

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