This 12-month course has been designed to train the anatomy experts of tomorrow. The course covers two major themes:
- A detailed study of the whole human body
- Hands-on training to become an effective, engaging teacher
We're proud to be one of only a few universities in the UK to offer students the opportunity to learn human anatomy through cadaveric dissection, with dissection classes taking place in the University of Sheffield's Medical Teaching Unit throughout your studies. During these practical sessions, you'll develop advanced dissection skills as you work through the different regions of the human body. You'll enhance your anatomical expertise using a wide range of resources including plastinated specimens, professionally dissected wet specimens and anatomical models.
You'll be supported to gain regular hands-on teaching experience, with the chance to share your knowledge and understanding of anatomy by teaching the subject to undergraduate biomedical science students.
As part of your training to become a skilled anatomy educator, you'll learn about teaching strategies and curriculum development from our award-winning academics which include Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You'll have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on varied pedagogical issues alongside your peers before applying your knowledge to create your own engaging teaching materials and sessions. You'll also have the opportunity to use different teaching software to deliver teaching, ensuring you're equipped to teach to a modern anatomy curriculum.
The biggest part of the course is the research project. Here you'll spend time conducting independent research in an area of teaching and learning that interests you, under the supervision of one of our teaching specialists. You'll have the opportunity to apply and test theories and techniques that you'll learn about during your studies. Many students are able to use their findings from their research project to shape their own future teaching.
Example research projects include:
- Representation of gender, body type, and disabilities in human anatomy resources in the University of Sheffield, and students' perceptions of them
- The impact on in-class interaction of students choosing to turn off their cameras during online classes, and the factors behind student choice
- The efficacy of a student designed and led, mixed method, near peer anatomy teaching program
- Students' perceptions on whether open book examinations are more authentic assessments and better prepare them for life after university in comparison to closed-book examinations
- Exploring etymology and specialist terminology in anatomical education
- Student awareness and perceptions of metacognition
MSc research projects can form the basis of publications in peer-reviewed journals. Here is an example of a past student publication:
- Burr J, Winter R, Heyerdahl-King I, Warren A, Redman A & Nicholls O (2019) A qualitative study of how students learn from human cadavers. European journal of anatomy : official journal of the Spanish Society of Anatomy, 6, 447-452.
Whether you're coming to the end of your undergraduate studies and keen to kick-start your teaching career, a medical student looking for an intercalation year, or you're interested in gaining new knowledge to complement your existing career, this course has been designed to ensure that you gain an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and pedagogy, at your own pace.
We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School website.
This course is accredited by Advance HE. Successful completion of the course will result in you being awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
This qualification is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector and demonstrates your commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience.Advance HE