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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


MedST 1A Functional Architecture of the Body is the core anatomy course for first-year medical students. Course information is provided on the course Moodle website. If you cannot see it, it may be that you are not enrolled as a supervisor: please contact Mel Quy ( and ask her to put you on the list and give you access.

Topographical anatomy is taught across two years. The Part IA FAB (Functional Architecture of the Body) course in the first year covers the trunk (thorax, abdomen, pelvis), upper and lower limbs. This is taught mainly through cadaveric dissection and the study of prosected specimens, supplemented by lectures, applied anatomy sessions and clinical demonstrations. Learning resources may be found by following this link:, with further resources available via the Moodle interface. College supervisors can be provided with access to these resources on request.

The second-year anatomy course is MedST 1B Head and Neck Anatomy.