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.

Facial Anatomy MED5645

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the clinically applied anatomy of the face including muscles of facial expression, vasculature, nerves (including facial and trigeminal), salivary glands and lymphatic drainage. It will also detail applied pathologies affecting and related to facial anatomy.


This course is made up of online lectures, tutorials and practical classes.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



50% MCQ and 50% anatomical "spotter" exam

Course Aims

This course aims to explore the clinically applied anatomy of the face, including skeleton, blood supply and venous drainage, muscles of facial expression, salivary glands and orbit. This course will examine those nerves at risk of facial aesthetic procedures including the facial and trigeminal nerves, and associated pathologies.

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 the face (muscles of facial expression, nerves, and arteriovenous system), and related facial pathologies.

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 underlying facial anatomy.

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.