Functional Anatomy

Due to measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19, the International Summer School is now cancelled

This course is designed for students intending to apply for medical (or dental) school, or those currently enrolled in a clinical school that lacks hands-on anatomical experiences. It provides fundamental introductory training in Human Anatomy.

The course aims to develop an understanding of gross anatomy, medical and anatomical terminology, and the principles of identification of anatomical structures in medical images.

The key themes of this course include gross anatomy of back and limbs, face and neck, thorax, and abdomen and pelvis. By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe structures using appropriate anatomical and medical terminology
  • identify structures on images
  • identify structures on professionally dissected specimens or anatomical images
  • discuss applications of anatomical knowledge to clinical situations
  • demonstrate proficiency in critical observation and dissection skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a strong background in University-level Biology or successful completion (pass) of a University-level Anatomy course. Transcripts must show a strong background in University-level Biology or successful completion (pass) of a University-level Anatomy course.

Application from High School candidates must be referred to programme convener. 

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • you should be currently enrolled at an international higher education institution.

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5
  • we also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more
  • visit eligibility

This is a guide, for further information email rio-internationalsummerschools


What will you learn?

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Describe structures using appropriate anatomical and medical terminology
  • Identify structures on medical images
  • Identify structures on professionally dissected specimens or anatomical images
  • Discuss applications of anatomical knowledge to clinical situations
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical observation and dissection skills

Why Glasgow? Hunterian Anatomy Museum

The University of Glasgow has a long tradition of internationally recognised anatomical practice and it offers modern facilities for anatomy dissection. Many pre-medical students opt for this course to gain knowledge for their future career.

Hunterian Anatomy Museum

The University is proud to house the Hunterian Anatomy Museum, a world famous collection of anatomical specimens prepared by William Hunter and colleagues in the 18th century (and onwards).

The Hunterian Anatomy Museum also houses specimens from previous Regius Professors of Anatomy, and an excellent collection of plastinated specimens prepared by recent and current staff of the Laboratory of Human Anatomy.

This exceptional resource is available for use during normal business hours. Its use as an ideal study environment is strongly advised! It may also be the location for additional seminars, receptions and other events throughout the course.