Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Cranial Nerves, Brain and Blood Supply MED5644

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the clinical applications of the twelve pairs of cranial nerves, and related anatomical origins, course, distribution and related ganglia. It will also detail the brain blood supply and venous drainage, and describe and analyse related pathologies.


This course is made up of online lectures and tutorials.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



50% MCQ and 50% anatomical "spotter" exam

Course Aims

This course aims to explore the blood supply of the brain and venous drainage, the twelve pairs of cranial nerves and clinically applied anatomy. This course will also examine the ganglia of the head and neck as relevant to facial aesthetic procedures and clinical risks.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Explain and discuss the clinically applied anatomy of brain blood supply and venous drainage.

2. Describe and analyse the clinically applied anatomy of the twelve pairs of cranial nerves.

3. Critically discuss and analyse the facial aesthetic risks associated with the ganglia of the head and neck.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.