Human Anatomy and Education

MSc Human Anatomy with Education

Human anatomy is at the heart of many disciplines, from bioscience, medicine and dentistry, to archaeology and forensic science. But few universities offer training to help meet the global demand for accredited anatomy teachers. On this course, you can learn the specialist techniques and knowledge to train the anatomy experts of tomorrow.

For an insight into some of our teaching, you can take our anatomy tutor Dr Katherine Linehan's online course:

Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr X

The University of Sheffield's Medical Teaching Unit is one of a small number of laboratories in the UK where you can learn human anatomy through cadaveric dissection.

You'll be able to develop advanced dissection skills and anatomical expertise using a wide range of plastinated specimens, professionally dissected wet specimens and anatomical models. Alongside this, you'll be able to learn about teaching strategies and curriculum development from academics who have won awards for their own teaching. There is the freedom to reflect on pedagogical issues and get hands-on experience of teaching undergraduate anatomy students as part of the course.


To apply for this course, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form.

Postgraduate online application form

You can find more information about the application process on the University's postgraduate webpages.

How to apply: applying essentials

Places are limited for this programme and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. If you meet the entry requirements but all places are allocated we will notify you that you have been added to a waiting list.


Course Director: Dr Katherine Linehan

If you have any questions about this course, contact our admissions office: | +44 (0)114 222 2319

You can also visit us throughout the year:
Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

Pathway programme for international students
Don't meet our entry requirements? Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

About the course

This 12-month course is taught by the University of Sheffield's human anatomy specialists and covers two major themes: a detailed study of the whole human body and hands-on training to become an effective, engaging teacher. Topics range from studying the trunk and limbs, to the head, neck and brain, to teaching strategies and curriculum development – a full list of current modules is given below.

The biggest part of the course is the Action Research Project. You'll focus on an area of teaching that interests you, conduct your own research into the topic, and work towards producing findings that can inform the way students learn here at the University of Sheffield.

This course has been designed to align with the UK Professional Standards Framework of the Higher Education Academy. By completing this course, you'll be eligible to apply for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy – the professional accreditation required of Higher Education practitioners in the UK.

You'll learn through a mixture of practical sessions, small group tutorials, one-to-one supervision and peer observation. We also give students access to many online resources, including an online course, podcasts, screencasts, videos and quizzes.

One of our anatomy demonstrators, Daheen Lee, builds a full facial reconstruction from a skull in clay.

Facial reconstruction demonstrators Daheen and Dan dissect the forensics behind Sherlock and Silent Witness.

Read more about this course on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students:

MSc Human Anatomy with Education

Entry requirements

For this course, we usually ask for a an upper second class (2:1) honours degree, or equivalent, in a biomedical subject. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential are also encouraged to apply. Places are limited for this programme and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. If you meet the entry requirements but all places are allocated we will notify you that you have been added to a waiting list.

We can also accept qualifications from other countries. You can find out which qualifications we accept from your country on the University's webpages for international students.

Prospective international students: Your country

International pathway programmes

If you are an international student who does not meet our entry requirements, the University of Sheffield International College offers a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering programme. This programme is designed to develop your academic level in your chosen subject, introduce you to the study skills that will be vital to success and help with language if you need it.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to this degree at the University of Sheffield.

Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

English Language Requirements

If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification.

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Overall grade of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component

You can find out whether you need to have an english language qualification, and which other English language qualifications we accept, on the University's webpages for international students.

English language requirements

The English Language Teaching Centre offers English language courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.

English Language Teaching Centre

Fees and funding

Up-to-date fees and funding opportunities can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students. These may include scholarships for home and international students and a 10% discount for University of Sheffield graduates.

Tuition fees

Funding your postgraduate course

Current modules

Anatomy of the Trunk and Limbs

This module affords the opportunity to gain detailed topographical knowledge of the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis, arm and leg.  Through gross cadaveric dissection, supported by small group tutorials and seminars, students develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between anatomical structure and function. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their subject knowledge through coursework and laboratory based exams as well as teaching anatomy to the undergraduate students within the department.

Students and the Learning Environment

This module supports participants to develop the skills and confidence to become a credible, authentic and collegiate teacher.  Participants attend a transdisciplinary workshop engaging in peer supported learning, collegiate observation and feedback, critical reflection on practice and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. A range of strategies, methods, tools and working practices are introduced through experiential learning that participants then explore and experiment with in their own learning and teaching context. 

Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Brain

This module is taught from a functional perspective with emphasis on the correlation between anatomical structures and their purpose within the body.  Through gross cadaveric dissection, seminars and tutorials, students learn detailed topographical anatomy of the head, neck and brain.  Once acquired, students have the opportunity to share their knowledge and understanding of anatomy by teaching the undergraduate students in the department.

Curriculum and Programme Development

This course focuses on curriculum design. Participants attend workshop engaging in peer supported learning and collegiate dialogue to explore key themes in Higher Education, the development of programmes, module design and relationship to the programme, assessment and feedback. These themes build on those explored in ‘Students and the Learning Environment’ which focused on the individual’s immediate sphere of practice with their learners.

Action Research Project: Scholarship in Learning and Teaching

This module enables students to complete a significant piece of independent scholarship with a tangible output which may contribute to the learning and teaching agenda within their department or faculty. Individuals identify an area of teaching and learning that intrigues, interests or excites them that they might wish to critically engage with to explore and develop into a suitable project. Findings and conclusions from this in-depth research and scholarship will be assessed via both a written dissertation and at a ‘showcase’ event where students disseminate their findings to their peers.

The modules listed above are examples from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers.

Forensic Facial Reconstruction:
Finding Mr X

For an insight into some of our teaching, you can take our anatomy tutor Dr Katherine Linehan's online course, which is based on a real-life mystery of a body in a bag. You'll learn from the experts who worked to determine the identity of Mr. X, and discover the forensic science techniques that were used to identify the body and understand the circumstances surrounding their death.

Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr. X