University of Bristol

The Functional and Clinical Anatomy intercalated course provides students from professional programmes with a detailed knowledge of human anatomy that is related to function and, ultimately, dysfunction. A major component of the degree is dissection. This programme was instigated in response to student demand and is designed to complement pre-clinical basic science teaching.

In small groups, you will dissect a cadaveric subject and be expected to investigate anatomical variations, pathologies and evidence of procedures present in their subject, building this into an extensive research portfolio. This work will be supported by integrated functional and clinical seminars for each of the regions of the body.

The Advanced Dissection and Research Portfolio units underpin the entire course and dictate which body region is discussed in the associated seminar. Over 24 weeks, you will dissect your subject in small groups, taking note of evidence of clinical intervention – often surgical, pathological and anatomical variation. Each cadaveric subject will be scanned prior to dissection and the MR images will be available to the group as part of preparation for sessions. Findings (both dissection and MR) will be investigated and may form all or part of the dissertation. In addition to the thorough exploration of diverse themes, such as anatomical variation and pathology, and ethics and law relating to body donation, the Advanced Dissection unit fosters transferable skills, such as manual dexterity and haptic sense. The Advanced Dissection unit is assessed by presentation, OSCE and a reflective log and the Research Portfolio is assessed by 10,000 word dissertation and poster presentation.

The Functional and Clinical Anatomy unit comprises seminars led by a range of basic scientists and clinicians, and integrated with timetabled dissection sessions to give an advanced perspective on the structural, functional and clinical anatomy of a given body region. Assessment in this unit is essay based.

The Methods, Communication and Translation unit will provide you with a basis in research skills ranging from design to communication. Ultimately, many of the skills taught will be translatable and aptitude for a number of key outcomes, such as lay articles, posters and so on, will be assessed and feedback provided. This unit provides support for the research dissertation.

Entry requirements

You can study a BSc after two or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

The closing date for applications will be advised on the University of Bristol Intercalated degrees website.