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A short course for clinicians, allied healthcare professionals, science graduates and anatomists looking to refresh or enhance their knowledge of functional and applied anatomy with a focus on the function of the upper limb.

Students study online for five weeks in preparation for two days of intensive, face-to-face cadaveric based workshops in week six.

A non-credit awarding option without formal assessment is also available at a cost of £500. If you are considering this option, you can register online for this version of the course.


This applied anatomy course is designed for anyone wishing to refresh or enhance their knowledge of functional and applied anatomy for their own interest or for academic development. Attendees will include, but are not limited to clinicians, allied healthcare professionals, science graduates, and anatomists.

The course will begin with structured, online self-study resources with clear guidance to focus your preparation for 2 days of intensive face to face workshops, working with the cadaveric material. Knowledge and understanding will be assessed mainly by practical and written examination.

At the end of the course, attendees would be able to gain an applied/working knowledge of the structure and function of the upper limb.

Why Aberdeen for this course?

The combination of international profile, long experience, breadth of expertise and track record in research and teaching plus our close links with the NHS on the Foresterhill health campus makes Aberdeen the obvious provider of first-class education in all areas of health. We celebrate a distinguished track record in medicine and health over several centuries.

The University of Aberdeen boasts a state of the art anatomy facility now housed in the Suttie Centre on the Foresterhill Health Campus. In addition to traditional learning using cadaveric material, our 3D anatomy learning resource allows the integration of 3D virtual anatomy into lectures and other teaching scenarios. A full range of online anatomy resources are accessible on-site and/or remotely to all of our students.

Our friendly and dedicated team of anatomy staff as well as visiting clinicians from a range of surgical, dental and medical specialties, allows our students to seamlessly weave in-depth knowledge of traditional anatomy with its clinical applications.

An enthralling, world renowned collection of historical models, specimens and artwork is located right on our doorstep, within our in-house Anatomy Museum, ready to quench the thirst of all students with an historical or artistic medical interest.

What you'll study

You will study the structure, function and applied aspect of the upper limb from trunk to hand.

We expect you to arrive with at least a basic understanding of key anatomical concepts and terminology and assume prior basic knowledge of anatomy. You will begin with an online self-study course, with MCQ formative assessments to test your knowledge. This will refresh and consolidate your knowledge of the structure and function of upper limb, and ensure that you are properly prepared for the practical workshops.

You’ll be taught by highly experienced anatomists, medically qualified doctors, PhDs and HEA accredited tutors, who will help you to develop your own professional learning.

This course will help you to refresh your theoretical, practical and applied anatomy knowledge and give you confidence and a distinct career advantage in a highly competitive environment, whether you are a biomedical scientist, hospital doctor, general practitioner, physiotherapist, nurse or other health professional.

How you'll study

This is a blended short course which starts with a 5-week online self-study period and offers the flexibility and convenience to study when, where and how you choose, enabling you to fit your learning to your location, employment, and personal commitments.

In week 6 there will be two days of compulsory structured, face-to-face workshops, consisting of: cadaveric-based small group practical sessions augmented by brief keynote applied and clinical anatomy presentations.

Our online self-study element is delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as self-contained units of self-study developed using a range of learning materials and assessment activities.

Our online virtual learning resources include; commercial interactive 3D digital anatomy (Primal Pictures: AnatomyTV), cadaveric-based full body dissection videos (Acland’s Anatomy) and bespoke anatomy content. An online self-assessment system will help you to reflect on your own knowledge and also to prepare you for the face-to-face workshops.


Formative exam:

  • Short online MCQ exam at the end of each week of online self-study period with automated feedback for self-improvement (flexible timing)

Summative exam:

  • Written exam [Short Answer Question (SAQ), Single Best Answer (SBA)].
  • Spotter based practical exam.
  • A short reflective report.

Entry Requirements

Qualification: A relevant undergraduate degree (e.g. MBChB, Dentistry, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Sports science, Biomedical science etc. or any other relevant undergraduate degree. Please contact the course coordinator to discuss.)

English knowledge: All students entering the University, including online courses, must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study our programmes effectively. Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. For details of our pre-sessional English courses see our Language Centre website.