Functional Neuroanatomy

Discover the functional aspects of neuroanatomy, and the clinical impacts of injury and illness in the brain and spinal cord.

CPD Certified 48 hours

This course equals 48 hours of CPD time

Also accredited by the Society of British Neurological Surgeons

  • Duration

    6 weeks

  • Commitment

    8 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion.

    • Start

      17 April 2023

    • Finish

      29 May 2023

    • Enrol by

      11 April 2023

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Course overview

Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing areas of life sciences with functional neuroanatomy (the study of the structure and function of the brain) becoming an important area of study for the clinical practice of neurosurgery, neurology, neuroradiology and psychiatry.

Discover how key anatomical features of the brain and spinal cord underlie functions and how damage to these structures can lead to specific functional deficits, for example, due to stroke, trauma or neurodegenerative disease. Through a series of videos and images from the University of Cambridge dissecting rooms, you’ll be able to visualise brain structure at different levels and explore the regions of the brain involved in sensory, motor, emotional and cognitive function.

This course will provide you with the knowledge to identify brain and spinal cord pathology and the associated clinical signs in patients. It will give you the confidence to apply this knowledge to clinical scenarios, through practice with real-life examples in clinical puzzles and hands-on activities.

Our Functional Neuroanatomy course is certified by The Society of British Neurological Surgeons as conforming to continuing professional development principles. This course has an estimated 48 hours of learning.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • describe different regions of the brain, differentiate their function and evaluate their potential clinical relevance
  • compare and differentiate different methods of live macroscopic imaging of human brain structure and vasculature; interpret images
  • identify, map and label key functional structures and pathways in the brain
  • recognise, analyse and interpret microscopic brain structure
  • identify sites of injury based on clinical signs and symptoms, brain images and patient history.

Who is this course for?

This course will be of interest to the following:

  • pre-clinical medical students
  • junior doctors
  • registrars
  • allied health professionals
  • graduate students
  • professionals in research and industry who need an introduction to brain anatomy with a functional emphasis.

What will I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion.

Course dates

  • 2023

    17 Apr - 29 May

    Places available

    Enrol by 11 Apr


Level of knowledge

  • a basic level of training in biological sciences: for example, first year of a biomedical degree or a diploma in a medical professional course will aid learning. Some basic knowledge of anatomy will be helpful but is not essential as we start at the basics of neuroanatomy. Enthusiasm for the subject is the most important qualification.

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What our learners are saying

The academic support was excellent throughout the course. All my questions were answered during our live sessions and I received feedback on the assignments within a very short period of time.

It truly was a pleasure. The fact that a person with no prior medical education like myself was able...

I loved interacting with my peers, who had varying specialties. Also seeing the brain dissections ha...

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