Introduction

Refresh and enhance your knowledge of functional and applied anatomy to improve your patient care and career progression. Learn from expert anatomists and experienced clinicians.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
PgCert
Duration
24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September
Location of Study
Aberdeen
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Our programme aims to improve your theoretical and practical knowledge of functional and applied anatomy. Delivered by expert anatomists and experienced clinicians from NHS Grampian, you will be introduced to core functional and clinical anatomical concepts of the musculoskeletal (MSK) system. You will also have the opportunity to develop research skills preparing you for further advanced study of health sciences.

This programme is designed for anyone looking to study or refresh their essential clinical anatomy knowledge including clinicians, GPs, science graduates, nurses, physios and allied healthcare professionals. Whatever your healthcare background, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to improve patient care and enhance your career progression opportunities.

What You'll Study

Our PgCert will help you to refresh your theoretical, practical and applied anatomy knowledge. You will study the structure, function and applied aspect of MSK system and develop research skills to formulate a mini review.

The programme consists of four, 15-credit applied anatomy modules to be completed in 12 or 24 months.

These courses are also available as standalone short courses. Visit our on-demand webpages for more information.

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Part time (12 months) Students must complete two compulsory 30-credit modules each semester:

  • Semester 1: AN5001 and AN5007
  • Semester 2: AN55003 and AN55005

Part time (24 months) Students must complete four 15-credit courses over two years. Students choose courses from the following electives:

In year 1, students can select any or all of the following:

  • AN5001: Applied Anatomy: Upper Limb (15 credit)
  • AN5503: Applied Anatomy: Lower Limb (15 credit)
  • AN5505: Applied Anatomy: Back and Spine (15 credit)
Applied Anatomy: Upper Limb (AN5001)

15 Credit Points

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. A non-credit awarding option without formal assessment is also available. At the end of the course, attendees would be able to gain a applied/working knowledge of the structure and function of the upper limb.

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Applied Anatomy: Lower Limb (AN5003)

15 Credit Points

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. A non-credit awarding option without formal assessment is also available. At the end of the course, attendees would be able to gain a applied/working knowledge of the structure and function of the lower limb.

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Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

In year 2, students select from the remaining courses to reach the required 60 credits:

  • AN5001: Applied Anatomy: Upper Limb (15 credit)
  • AN5503: Applied Anatomy: Lower Limb (15 credit)
  • AN5505: Applied Anatomy: Back and Spine (15 credit)
  • AN5007: Applied Anatomy: PgCert Research module (Literature review) (15 credit)
Applied Anatomy: Upper Limb (AN5001)

15 Credit Points

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. A non-credit awarding option without formal assessment is also available. At the end of the course, attendees would be able to gain a applied/working knowledge of the structure and function of the upper limb.

View detailed information about this course
Applied Anatomy: Lower Limb (AN5503)

15 Credit Points

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. A non-credit awarding option without formal assessment is also available. At the end of the course, attendees would be able to gain a applied/working knowledge of the structure and function of the lower limb.

View detailed information about this course

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Each module begins with six-weeks of structured, but flexible, online tutor guided study. This is supplemented with online discussion board engagement and online video lectures to help students with their preparation for the summative assessments. There is also a two-day on-campus workshop, providing an option to work with the cadaveric materials. Knowledge and understanding are assessed mainly by a practical exam, written exam, reports, presentation, and a mini-review submission (all online at the present time).

Learning Methods

  • Clinical Learning
  • E-learning
  • Peer Learning
  • Research
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

1. Formatives (Online):

  • MCQ (AN5001, AN5503, AN5505)
  • Online Project proposal (AN5007)
  • Online tutorial (AN5007)

2. Summative (Online/On-campus):

  • Written (Single Best Answer) (AN5001, AN5503, AN5505)
  • Practical (Very Short Answer Questions/Single Best Answer) (AN5001, AN5503, AN5505)
  • Reflective reports (500 word) (AN5001, AN5503, AN5505)
  • Powerpoint Presentation (AN5007)
  • Mini review (3500 word) (AN5007)

*All summative exams are online at the present time

Why Study Applied Anatomy (Musculoskeletal System)?

  • You’ll be taught by highly experienced anatomists, NHS clinicians and sports therapists, all on hand to develop and enhance your professional skill.
  • You’ll have access to unique virtual learning resources including our world-class 3D Anatomy Atlas (Anatomy.TV) and cadaveric video atlas (Acland’s Anatomy Atlas). We also provide you with our own cadaveric practical demonstration videos.
  • We offer a flexible learning approach, allowing you to study while you work from any geographical location.

What Our Students Say

Fiona Webster

Fiona Webster

Fiona Webster

The Applied Anatomy modules have allowed me to build on my anatomy knowledge and apply it straight to the clinic to help my patients recover from injuries with more accuracy than I did before.

Jude Nwokeji

Jude Nwokeji

Jude Nwokeji

The flexible learning option, manageable weekly workload and support provided by the tutors was vital to my successful completion of the course. It has improved my job prospects too as I secured a job as an anatomy demonstrator shortly after.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

An undergraduate degree or equivalent. Please contact the programme coordinator to discuss.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £925
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

  • If you are an alumni of the University of Aberdeen you may qualify for our 20% Alumni discount.
  • NHS staff are eligible for 10% staff discount on programme fees.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

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Careers

Whatever your healthcare background, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to improve patient care and enhance your career progression opportunities.

Industry Links

  • NHS Grampian
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Leading UK Medical School

We are ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine, Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Experts

Other Expert
Professor Simon Parson
Programme Coordinator
Dr Shahida Shahana

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Facilities

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Foresterhill Health Campus

Foresterhill Health Campus

The Foresterhill Health Campus is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes the Medical School, large teaching hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

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State-of-the-art Anatomy Facility

State-of-the-art Anatomy Facility

In addition to traditional learning using cadaveric material, we are proud to house a state of the art 3D anatomy learning resource allowing the integration of 3D virtual anatomy into lectures and other teaching scenarios.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX