In this hands-on course, you’ll learn about everything from classical gross anatomy to post genomic molecular and cell biology.
What is Anatomy?
Anatomy is the study of the structure of the body and the relationship of organs and tissues at a gross (whole organ) and microscopic level (histology).
It forms the basis of studies in physiology, biochemistry and related biomedical sciences. Sub-disciplines of anatomy include: developmental biology (embryology), neuroanatomy, osteology (bones) and cell biology.
The staff in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) are amongst the most experienced in the UK in the fields of human identification, forensic anthropology, craniofacial identification and the study of the human body. Staff deliver high quality anatomy teaching at all levels, via whole body dissection which allows students to develop a sound knowledge of the human body.
The Centre was awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in November 2013. Presented in recognition of 'world class excellence', the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are among the most highly-regarded awards for the UK’s universities and colleges.
Anatomy at Dundee was ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Anatomy and Physiology by the Times Good University Guide 2013.
A major feature of our degree programmes is the emphasis on hands-on practical human anatomy. We are continuously striving to improve our teaching and have been active in developing teaching software to help deliver both lecture and practical material.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2018 and 2019|
|Qualification||Level 1 Entry||Advanced Entry to Level 2|
|SQA Higher/Advanced Higher||BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including biology, plus mathematics and chemistry (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)||AB at Advanced Higher including biology, plus BB at Higher in different subjects, plus mathematics (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)|
|GCE A-Level||BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including A-Level biology, plus GSCE mathematics and chemistry at C / 4||BBB (minimum) - ABB (typical) including A-Level biology, plus GCSE mathematics and chemistry at C|
|BTEC||A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM||A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology, plus Standard Level mathematics and chemistry at 4.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
|34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include biology, plus Standard Level mathematics and chemistry at grade 4|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||H2H2H3H3 including biology at Higher Level, plus Ordinary Level mathematics and chemistry at O2||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)||A relevant HNC with B in the graded unit with appropriate Science units||A relevant HND with AA in the graded units with appropriate Science units|
|Scottish Baccalaureate||Distinction with AB at AH Biology. Mathematics at SG 3 or Intermediate 2 (grade C)|
|SWAP Access||Relevant science subjects with AAA to include Biology/Human Biology at SCQF Level 6||Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology at A. Mathematics at GCSE C|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C|
|European Baccalaureate||70% overall with 7 in Biology||75% overall with 7.5 in Biology|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
There are regular meetings of staff-student liaison committees. While this provides a forum for formal contact, there is also opportunity for informal contact between you and academic staff, whom you will find friendly and approachable.
How you will be taught
We use a variety of teaching methods, with lectures and practicals forming the core. In addition, we use workshops, tutorials, computer-aided learning, and field excursions, as appropriate to each module.
How you will be assessed
All modules are assessed by a combination of in-course and end-of-course procedures. Regular in-course assessments (e.g. practical reports, computer-based exercises, essays and data processing exercises) provide feedback on your progress and help you prepare for end-of-module examinations.
On-line assignments are used extensively at Levels 1 and 2, with access via a PC on or off campus. Peer assessment operates in many team projects.
What you will study
Typical Degree Programme
Levels 1 and 2
Our programme in Anatomical Sciences shares common core modules in Levels 1 and 2 from Life Sciences. From Level 3 onwards you will follow specialised modules for BSc Anatomical Sciences within the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID). The Level 1 and 2 curriculum provides a general introduction to the life sciences through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practical work and field excursions.
At Level 3 you will study the following aspects of anatomy:
- The specialised structure and function of different cells, tissues and organs of the human body.
- The molecular switches that control this diversity as an embryo develops from a single cell.
Practical human anatomy is a substantial component of the Level 3 programme.
Summer work placements
Many students take advantage of opportunities for summer work placements, normally between Levels 3 and 4, which are available as externally-funded competitive placements, or as voluntary laboratory work.
Your studies at Level 4 will be at the level of current research in your chosen subject area.
Advanced study of topics in anatomical sciences currently include:
- cell and developmental biology
- cancer research
- functional and applied anatomy
- cytoskeletal function
- cellular signalling
- biomedical imaging
- functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system
- medical education
- surgical anatomy
- anatomy of sports injuries and training methods
Your studies will involve extensive use of scientific literature and the opportunity to attend a regular programme of seminars given by invited speakers from Britain and abroad.
- Research project - several formats are available including laboratory-based research under the supervision of a leading scientist, computer modelling, multimedia teaching packages, literature and electronic database review.
MSci Integrated Masters Programme
Develop your own research project and work for five months in a lab with our MSci Programme.
The MSci Programme takes students coming from the Biological or Biomedical Sciences streams.
This programme provides an additional year of study in the indicated specialisms that is designed to increase your practical ability and employability, giving you focused training in laboratory research that results in the award of a Masters degree.
Based from the outset in one of our internationally renowned research laboratories, you will build on your Level 4 experience but go well beyond it: you will develop your own research project that you will write up in the form of a grant proposal, receive training in a variety of research skills and carry out a 5-month, full-time project in your host lab based on the proposal you have written.
In addition to enhancing your laboratory skills you will develop your ability to think critically and analytically, learn how to formulate new ideas and research hypotheses and develop skills in data analysis, interpretation and communicating scientific information.
Entry to the MSci Programme will be by interview and you must maintain a B3 average at first attempt across your Life Sciences Modules throughout Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 to be eligible.
- MSci Biochemistry
- MSci Bioinformatics
- MSci Cell Signalling
- MSci Cell & Developmental Biology
- MSci Drug Discovery
- MSci Immunology
- MSci Molecular Biology
- MSci Molecular Microbiology
- MSci Neuroscience
- MSci Pharmacology
- MSci Physiological Sciences
- MSci Plant Sciences
The Procedures for managing student applications to transfer to the SLS MSci Programme are available to download.
Students interested in applying for the MSci Programme should complete and return the MSci Application form with their CV by the last week of Semester 2, Friday, 27 May 2016 to Schooloffice-LS@dundee.ac.uk. Late applications will be considered if space is available.
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As a graduate in anatomical sciences you will have an excellent grounding for a career in, or further training for, biomedicine and related fields including clinical laboratory medicine and forensic science.
Many of you will contribute to a better understanding of the basis of human disease, taking higher degrees and then going on to careers in biomedical research. You will also be welcomed into applied research and development in the biotechnology industries. Some of you will go on to teach in schools and universities.
We also have a good record of postgraduate entry to medicine, dentistry and physiotherapy.
A broad spectrum of employment is available to graduates in any discipline and your training in communication and transferable skills will be recognised and valued by a wide range of employers.
"The staff are really great, very helpful and enthusiastic about what they’re teaching. You can tell from the way that they teach that they really, really love what they do. Initially, I did Biological Sciences, but I changed after second year as I wanted to focus on anatomy. Recently, we’ve been focussing on full body dissection which has been a lot of fun. It might not be everybody’s thing, but I’ve enjoyed it a lot. The practical application of what you hear in lectures helps so much. It’s fascinating to learn how people work from the inside. I’m from Germany and I love Scotland. I chose Dundee because of the course. I really like it: the campus, the city - it was always a place I could see myself living in."
"I feel CAHID has trained me well to become a scientist. From scientific knowledge to other key skills, like how to reference, write reports, and things like that. The course is exactly what I expected it to be. I had an interest in anatomy, but in a non-clinical context, so medicine wasn’t an option for me. I expected to study the structures and functions of the human body and that’s exactly what we’ve done. I wasn’t expecting to do actual dissections, so that was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect the Thiel-embalmed cadavers to look as lifelike as they did. I’m a visual learner, so that part of the course helped me quite a bit. It’s a hands on course and I’m really grateful that CAHID gave me the opportunity to learn in that way."
Learn more about careers in Anatomy from The Anatomical Society.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
Fees for students starting 2018-19
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2018-19|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£19,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.
Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)
|Degree||UCAS Code||Unistats Data|
|Apply Now||Anatomical Sciences BSc (Hons)||B110|