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Clinical Anatomy Intercalated BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    A sound knowledge and understanding of human anatomy is required in almost all medical specialities, not simply in the obvious disciplines like surgery, pathology and radiology. The BSc Clinical Anatomy provides the opportunity for extensive hands-on study of anatomy in the dissecting room supported by lectures, tutorials and seminars in areas including gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, medical imaging and medical embryology.

    The anatomy team is small and friendly. We work very closely with the intercalating anatomy students and get to know them very well.

    Students on this degree programme have gone on to give oral or poster presentations at national meetings; some have won awards for these presentations.

  • Course content

    Each student will carry out extensive detailed dissections, initially in small groups of 2-3 and then individually. The Anatomy staff will always be on-hand to guide you, and you shouldn't be concerned if you haven't done any dissection before - the course is designed to provide you with the necessary skills. This core practical experience is supplemented by lectures, tutorials, seminars and other forms of learning, covering not just gross anatomy but also medical embryology, neuroanatomy and medical imaging. The modules offered build substantially on the anatomical learning you will have done earlier in your medical programme. In all cases, the anatomy is put into a clinical context.

    The practical element of the programme is carefully constructed to facilitate the transition from the group working you may have experienced in the dissection room as a medical undergraduate to individual study and the preparation of exhibition-quality specimens as part of the Clinical Anatomy Project module. The latter allows you to study in detail aspects of anatomy relevant to a clinical condition or surgical procedure; for example, you might compare the structures at risk during different surgical approaches used in the treatment of a particular condition or investigate the anatomical reasons why a particular mode of treatment may fail in a proportion of patients even though they all have substantially similar disease. Recent project titles include:

    • Clinical outcomes of carpal tunnel release with and without opposition transfer
    • Operative management of medial epicondyle fractures
    • Surgical management of splenic injuries
    • Pancreatic transplant surgery with and without concomitant kidney transplant
    • A comparison of three different injection sites for the anaesthesia of the anterior abdominal wall
    • The key anatomical landmarks for retrograde identification and dissection of the facial nerve in parotid surgery
    • Lung vasculature: Pulmonary and bronchial artery and vein variation and significance for lobe resection
    • Neurovascular structures in the gluteal region (with reference to hip arthroplasty)
    • The structures involved in uterine transplantation
    • The anatomy of toe-to-thumb transfers
    • Safe corridors for fine wire fixation of the distal tibia in relation to the peroneal nerve: an anatomic study
    • An anatomical Study of the Brachial Plexus and Surrounding Structures for Ultrasound Guided Regional Anaesthesia with Special Reference to Pectoral and Intercostobrachial Nerve Blocks
    • The anterolateral ligament of the knee: does it exist and what is its importance in knee injuries?
    • Structures at risk during the extreme lateral (trans-psoas) approach to the lumbar spine
    • Students are able to suggest their own project title if they wish.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Neuroanatomy 20 credits
    • Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 30 credits
    • Research Skills for Clinical Anatomy 10 credits
    • Clinical Anatomy Project 40 credits
    • Medical Embryology 10 credits
    • Medical Imaging 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Anatomy BSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Learning is centred on practical sessions, tutorials, seminars and lectures, supplemented by extensive individual study.


    Intercalating students have access to a well-equipped dissecting room. As well as basic instruments, the facilities are equipped with operating tables and lighting, an operating microscope, laparoscopic stacks, and extensive a.v. facilitlies including a powerwall. As well as formalin-fixed material, we are able to provide Thiel-embalmed specimens; the University of Leeds is one of only four centres in the UK where such specimens are available.

    We hold a collection of over 4000 anatomy and pathology museum specimens, including some that have played key roles in the understanding of surgical anatomy and in the development of modern surgical techniques.

    We have extensive connections with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust; many students conduct their clinical anatomy project in collaboration with a consultant clinician.


    Assessment is by a combination of coursework, written and spot-test examinations. Coursework elements include poster and oral presentations, dissection and the preparation of a dissertation.

    Dissection skills are not assessed in semester 1. However, the quality of the specimens produced is an important element in the assessment of the Clinical Anatomy Project module taken in semester 2.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme (or equivalent) at a UK University or International equivalent. For International students, proof of English language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine, we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    How to apply

    Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

    Potential applicants from other universities must contact the Programme Administrator Miss Sarah McLaren (, for further information about the programme and the application process.


    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    Read about possible financial support for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

    Read about intercalating prizes on the School of Medicine website.

  • Career opportunities

    Most medical students are appointed to NHS foundation school posts, following graduation with MBChB. At the moment, possession of an intercalated degree places medical students at a competitive advantage in the foundation post application process.

    The Clinical Anatomy programme may be particularly beneficial for students interested in pursuing careers in surgery, radiology, anesthesiology, pathology and related subjects.

  • Past students

    Students on this degree programme have gone on to give oral or poster presentations at national meetings; some have won awards for these presentations. Recent examples, with student names shown in italic text, include:

    Kumar, S.D & Bourke, G. Nerve compression syndromes at the elbow. Orthopaedics and Trauma 30(4): 355-362, 2016

    Jones, L. The limitations of the use of the sternocleidomastoid muscle as a reconstructive flap. Christie International Student Cancer Conference, Manchester 2016.

    Rogers, G, Clancy, J, Taylor, M & Harwood, P. The safety of distal tibia Illizarov wire insertion in relation to the superficial peroneal nerve and deep peroneal neurovascular bundle: a cadaveric study. British Orthopaedic Association, Belfast 2016.

    Moriarty, S & Clancy, J. Branches of the cervical vagus nerve and implications for vagus nerve stimulation. International League Against Epilepsy Annual Scientific Meeting, Dublin, 2016.

    Blackham, M. Surgical approaches to the cervical spine. Cutting Edge Women in Surgery Conference Leeds, 2016.

    Chandra M, Start S, Roberts D and Bodenham A. Arterial vessels behind the right internal jugular vein with relevance to central venous catheterisation. Journal of the Intensive Care Society 16(3) 202-207, 2015

    Kelly, C, Loughenbury, P, Harwood, PJ, Clancy, J & Britten, SS . Safe corridors for insertion of calcaneal wires in Ilizarov surgery: An anatomic study. Oral presentation at the 16th EFORT Congress, Prague 2015.

    Scarff , G & Pickering JD. Blood supply to the splenic flexure and prevalence of the collateral vessel Arc of Riolan in relation to ischaemic colitis. Oral presentation to the British Association of Clinical Anatomists 2015.

    Wood, B, Kelly, G, Phillips, N & Pickering JD. Approaches to the cerebellopontine angle: What is the most effective form of management for a patient presenting with a small acoustic neuroma and serviceable hearing. Oral presentation to the British Association of Clinical Anatomists 2015.

    Jackson, P & Roberts, DJH. Assessment of anatomical landmarks as reliable predictors of the course of the Spinal Accessory Nerve in the posterior cervical triangle. Poster presentation to the British Association of Clinical Anatomists 2014.

    Smith A & Pickering JD. Assessing the usefulness of Simon’s and Joll’s triangles in thyroidectomy. Oral presentation to the British Association of Clinical Anatomists 2014.