• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

In this hands-on course, you’ll learn about everything from classical gross anatomy to post genomic molecular and cell biology.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

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Award-winning staff

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.

Practical Experience

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.

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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
Graduate Entry
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
Other Qualifications

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


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.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

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).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

Level 3

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.

Level 4

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 
  • neuroanatomy
  • 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.

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.

Hannah Raspe, BSc Anatomical Sciences

"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."

Vaisakh Puthusseryppady, Anatomical Sciences BSc

"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.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
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) £20,950 per year of study

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.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

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  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowAnatomical Sciences BSc (Hons)B110