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This short course provides an introduction to, or a refresher on, the key anatomical systems and structures present within the human body, alongside their physiological role and function. This course is available for anyone undertaking a postgraduate course (MSc or DPhil)  in the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford. 

course Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Describe the structure and function of the major organ systems of the human body
  • Describe the physiological basis of human reproduction
  • Apply knowledge of the terminology and nomenclature of anatomical positioning to clinical scenarios
  • Apply appropriate anatomical and physiological knowledge to relevant clinical situations where physics and engineering are used in medicine


This is a self-paced, online course made up of seven virtual lessons. Each lesson includes several short recorded videos to explain key concepts, some additional reading, and some quiz questions to check your knowledge.

The lessons included are as follows: 

  1. Anatomical Nomenclature and Terminology
  2. Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  3. Cardio-Respiratory Anatomy
  4. Circulatory and Lymphatic Systems
  5. Digestive and Urinary Systems
  6. Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  7. Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

course access

This course is only available for students undertaking a postgraduate course (MSc or DPhil)  in the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford.  Students on the MSc Medical Physics with Radiobiology and the MSc Radiobiology will be automatically enrolled on this course and can access it via Canvas. Students on other courses can request access by emailing the Graduate Studies Administrator. 

This course is available from September to July each year. It goes offline for the summer to allow updates to be made and new students to be added for the following academic year. 

For students on the MSc in Medical Physics with Radiobiology, this short course is a compulsory part of your studies, and you must pass an assessment on the content of the course in order to meet the requirements for Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) accreditation.