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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


The Human Anatomy Teaching Group collaborates with clinicians and allied health professionals to run and host courses. We welcome enquiries and can advise on selection of specific prosections, different formats for the course, and teaching staff.

Information for prospective course organisers

We regularly host anatomical training courses for clinicians on subjects such as ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia, radiological anatomy for oncologists, and anatomy revision for MRCS and DOHNS. In addition, we have also held courses for physiotherapists, emergency nurse practitioners and reservist combat medical technicians, and will be hosting one for osteopathic practitioners in January 2019. We also host the annual, week-long summer school for the Anatomy Training Programme which is run by the Anatomical Society. For a full list since 2013, please see current and previous courses

Facilities (max capacity 30 delegates):

  • The Human Dissection Room and the DR Annexe, a dry laboratory space used for applied anatomy
  • Newly refurbished seminar room with projection capacity, plus tea and coffee facilities
  • Lecture theatre with projection and 3D projection
  • Available resources include: prosected and potted anatomical specimens; 20 wall-mounted and 1 mobile 55” CTouch touchscreens (installed with VisibleBody™ 3D Human Anatomy Atlas and VH Dissector™ software); voice enhancement system; anatomical models and examination couches.

Please enquire how we can support your course aims. Please be aware that the cycle of the academic year may restrict the availability of donor material, so early discussion and planning is crucial.  

Support & teaching faculty

Technical staff will be on hand to ensure your course runs smoothly, safely, and within the Codes of Practice of the Human Tissue Authority. You may provide your own faculty members or we can recommend excellent anatomical demonstrators on our teaching team who can help to deliver your course.

Our Clinical Anatomist and Chief Technician are always pleased to help you design and structure your course, and recommend the most suitable specimens and facilities. Please contact to arrange a pre-course meeting, to view our facilities, and to discuss your options. 

We are also happy to assist you with catering orders. Parking on site is limited, but might be arranged by negotiation on Saturdays. Alternative parking may be found at the city’s Park & Ride, or Lion Yard car park. 


Financial arrangements

Except in exceptional circumstances, the provision of services and facilities for external courses by the Human Anatomy Teaching Group is dependent on receipt by the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, of a valid Purchase Order number.  

In rare cases, for example, if you are an individual who is not trading as a company or part of an organisation with the facility to raise Purchase Orders, we will consider instead taking full payment in advance.  In these instances, we will raise an invoice for the amount estimated, for payment 7 working days in advance of the scheduled course date. The provision is at your own risk (for example, if fewer delegates attend than were anticipated).

Please note, all courses run through us are liable for VAT.

Please read the University’s Terms and Conditions that apply to the sale of services here

Course agreement form

As part of the process of setting up the course, course organisers must complete, sign and return a course agreement form, to ensure compliance with HTA regulations. You may wish to view a sample form here.


Our facility operates under very high standards of security, but equipment is left on-site at the course organisers own risk. Please note that if you wish to bring specialist equipment, this should be accompanied with a letter indicating recent PAT testing, and a Risk Assessment completed in collaboration with the Chief Technician.  

Feedback from course participants

"Excellent session, well organised and very friendly and knowledgeable staff"

"Thank you very much for a very enjoyable session with learning to take away and use clinically. I have carried out this type of learning before on my MSc but found the knowledge of your lecturers having been orthopaedic surgeons/ rheumatologists so much more useful from a clinical point of view ... It really has changed my practice being able to see the best angles to target the shoulder with"

"Very interesting, would like more sessions like these!"

"The teachers were great"

"Very useful and a pleasure to be around such professionals"

"Great learning morning that keeps you in touch with the fundamentals of anatomy"

"It was extremely helpful to do this post-registration, as it is much easier to apply this knowledge compared to when I had previously done it as an undergrad"

"Really, really useful to see anatomy - the layers and relationships of fascia, nerves and muscles ..."