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The anatomy section of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics at the University of Oxford has a long history of teaching medical students, junior doctors and more experienced surgeons and physicians and of research into anatomical aspects of disease.

We are fortunate to have a state of the art facility in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre which has been open for ten years. Within it we have a modern laboratory - the Anatomy Suite - where cadavers can be examined. We have a wide variety of specimens both cadaveric and other for students to study and break-out rooms for lectures and tutorials. Every year we teach around 180 undergraduate medical students and 30 graduate entry students who will train to be our future doctors and around 30 surgical trainees who are preparing for the membership of the Royal College of Surgeons Examinations, the first step in becoming an autonomous surgeon. Over the years we have welcomed students, doctors and other health professionals from around the world and we pride ourselves on the quality of teaching that we offer.

The need for Bequeathal (Body Donation)

The ability of medical students, junior doctors and other allied health professionals to study the human body as part of their education, as part of research, and for the advancement of medical and dental science or therapy, constitutes an invaluable part of medical education. Each year Oxford needs a number of donated cadavers for this purpose. Cadavers are stored and examined in a state of the art Anatomy Suite regulated by the Human Tissue Authority. Private donation is the source of the University of Oxford Medical School’s supply of cadavers.

Who can donate?

Any person of sound mind who is over 18 years of age can register to donate his/her body after death for education, research and the advancement of medical and dental science or therapy. It is advisable for anyone considering donation to discuss this with family and/or executors. There is no upper age limit for those who wish to donate.

Donations are usually made to the medical school nearest the donor. Oxford normally accepts from donors living in postcodes OX, RG, SN. Prospective donors living outside this area will be redirected to the Bequest Office at their nearest medical school.

How can someone donate?

In accordance with the regulations of the Human Tissue Authority, a person may arrange for the donation of his/her remains by completing a University of Oxford Bequest Consent Form. The Consent Form is part of our Bequest Booklet; it also gives more information about the bequeathal process. To be valid, the Consent Form must be signed by the donor and witnessed. One copy of the form is then sent to the Oxford Bequest Office, the other copy remains with the donors. Consent can be withdrawn at any time by notifying our program in writing of your change of intention. UK law prohibits payment for a body donation.

To receive a Bequest Booklet please either download the Booklet or contact:

The Bequest Secretary
Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics
Le Gros Clark Building
South Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3QX

The Bequest Booklet is available in a wide variety of languages including Braille, please email the Bequest Secretary for further details.

We thank you for your interest in this invaluable gift to medical education and research.