UCL Summer School


Anatomy and Developmental Biology

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session Two
Module leader
Dr Leslie Dale
Yes. Please refer to module pre-requisites below.
Assessment method
Computer based examination (70%), Practical assessments (30%)
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Anatomy and Developmental Biology

Module overview

This module provides an introduction to significant aspects of human anatomy and embryonic development. It aims to prepare students for more advanced studies in these subjects.

The module covers topographical anatomy and embryonic development of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, musculoskeletal system, urogenital system, and limbs. The first few weeks of human development will be examined, alongside the cellular organisation of tissues and organs. An understanding of the key principles of embryonic development will be provided. The module is taught through lectures, a series of seminars covering more specialised topics, a small number of practicals, and a class in the Anatomy Laboratory (Dissecting Room).

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be familiar with human anatomy and be able to describe and compare the principal structures of major human organs and systems
  • Be familiar with the anatomical basis of the function of major organ systems, such as the circulatory system, digestive tract, reproductive tract and nervous system
  • Be familiar with the cellular organisation of the major tissues and organs of human anatomy
  • Be familiar with the basic principles of embryonic development and the formation of the body plan during the first four weeks of human development
  • Be familiar with the embryonic development of the major organ systems, such as the nervous system, heart, lungs, digestive tract, reproductive tract, limbs, and head.

Module prerequisites

In addition to the standard UCL Summer School entry criteria, applicants will be expected to have knowledge of basic biology.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • 60-minute computer based examination (70%)
  • Practical assessments (30%)

Module leader

Dr Leslie Dale is Head of Teaching at the UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. He organises an introductory module in Anatomy and Developmental Biology for first year Bioscience students and teaches embryology to first year medical students.

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