Intercalated degree in Functional and Clinical Anatomy (BSc)

This new BSc responds to student requests for an in-depth applied intercalation course in anatomy that features dissection.


Throughout this course you will study the functional and clinical anatomical principles which underlie regional anatomy.

In small groups, students will dissect a cadaveric subject and will 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.


Units are designed to develop intellectual, verbal and practical skills in addition to a highly detailed, yet relevant knowledge of anatomy.

There is an emphasis on self-directed learning, justifying the expression 'reading for a degree'.  We provide thought-provoking teaching, and class discussion is highly encouraged.

The order of dissection dictates the course structure: Intercalation degree sample timetable (PDF, 26kB).

Course units

Advanced Dissection and Research Portfolio

This dissection unit underpins the entire programme and dictates when each body region is discussed in seminars.

Over 24 weeks students will dissect their subject in small groups, taking note of evidence of clinical intervention - often surgical, pathology 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 presented in the research portfolio. 

In addition to the thorough exploration of diverse themes such as anatomical variation and pathology, and ethics and law relating to body donation, Advanced Dissection fosters transferable skills such as manual dexterity and haptic sense. 

Functional and Clinical Anatomy

Functional and Clinical Anatomy seminars, led by a range of basic scientists and clinicians will be integrated with timetabled dissection sessions to give an advanced perspective on structural, functional and clinical anatomy of a given body region.

Normal structure and function will create a framework to examine the consequences of their breakdown and dysfunction for the human body. 

Methods, Communication and Translation

In addition to critical thinking abilities, this unit will provide students 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 e.g. lay articles, posters etc will be assessed and feedback provided.

How to apply

We welcome application from students who will have completed at least two years of a MBChB, BDS, BVSc or equivalent degree.

The course is open to applicants who are internal or external to Bristol. The admissions process is centralised.

How to apply

For internal applicants forms may be found on the Medical School intranet site



Tel: +44 (0) 117 928 8334 or +44 (0)117 928 8929

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