This award has been designed to facilitate the learning of the generic skills and knowledge essential to successful higher clinical practice and careers in academic medicine by applying the principles of the scientific method to studies in both anatomical research and clinically-applied anatomy. Anatomy encompasses all levels of structural organisation, topographical, neuroanatomical, histological, cellular and developmental, as well as providing a basis for studies in radiological imaging and pathology. This approach allows students to integrate recent advances in molecular genetics, cell biology, microscopy, imaging and computer simulation to biological and clinical problems concerning the human body.
A total of 180 credits are required to achieve the MMedSci (Anatomical Sciences) Intercalated.
One third of the credits are associated with the major dissertation/project, one third are anatomy-related taught modules with practical content, and one third comprises a combination of core generic methodology modules and a choice of modules in areas of cell and molecular biology or applied clinical science.
FOUR CORE modules which are compulsory:
Applied Morphological Techniques and Imaging (30 credits):
This module, taken early in the semester, introduces some of the key research techniques employed in anatomical, experimental and pathological investigations, including whole body methods, optical, confocal and electron microscopy, histochemical and immunocytochemical staining methods, and quantitative techniques such as morphometry and stereology. In general, half-day theory sessions are followed by practicals and visits to various research and pathology laboratories and seminars involve critical analysis of the literature and applications to project design and research grant funding.
Applied Clinical Anatomy 1 (15 credits):
A six-day module spread over semester 1, covering practical, theoretical and applied aspects of the anatomy and development of the muscular, nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The unit includes anatomy prosection practicals, anthropometry, ultrasound imaging and critical analysis of the research literature particularly in the field of neuromuscular anatomy, variations, anomalies, and applied anatomy.
Applied Surgical Anatomy (15 credits):
This module, spread over both semesters, provides students with the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of anatomy as applied to surgical diagnoses and procedures as a foundation for understanding and developing the scientific and evidence base of current practice. Activities include anatomy dissection labs, small group work and presentations, case-based discussions and critical appraisal work on the anatomical and surgical literature and self-directed learning.
Research Methods in Health (15 credits):
The aims of this module are as follows:
• To develop the students’ understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of health and social research • To enable the student to make an informed and appropriate choice of research design and methods • To equip the student with critical appraisal skills • To provide the student with the methodological foundation for a research dissertation
THREE OPTIONAL modules, ideally ONE from each of groups A, B, and C by discussion with the course tutors:
• Statistics and Epidemiology (15 credits) • Medical Education 15 credits)
• Physiology of Neuromusculoskeletal Tissue (15 credits) • Psychosocial Aspects of Pain (15 credits) • Concepts of Neurological Rehabilitation (15 credits) • Physiology and Pharmacology of Pain (15 credits) • Assistive Technologies in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (15 credits) • Dynamic Ultrasound Imaging (15 credits)
Dissertation/Project: This may take the form of one long (9 month) dissection or laboratory-based research topic written up to include a literature review, methodologies, results and discussion. Alternatively, this could comprise a short dissection or laboratory research project and a related medical education research project written up as above. Some short exploratory anatomy lab research projects may be undertaken in the style of Applied Clinical Anatomy 2.
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.