Human Anatomy, M.Sc.

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The Centre is the only course in the UK where you can carry out dissection of every anatomical region on Thiel-embalmed bodies, which are flexible, realistic and mimic the real life situation. It is also possible to complete the course over one, two or three years depending on your life circumstances, with a qualification for each successfully completed semester.


Why study Human Anatomy at Dundee?

The MSc in Human Anatomy is a unique Master's programme created in response to the need to provide training in human gross anatomy for those who wish to improve their understanding of the structure and function of the human body, as well as those for whom this is a new area of study. The programme aims to provide expertise for those intending to use the knowledge gained in a learning and teaching environment.

  • The programme is the only one of its kind in the UK
  • It combines whole body dissection with practicing techniques for the presentation of material for learning and teaching
  • Provides an introduction to anatomical preservation and presentation techniques
  • Full body dissection of Thiel embalmed (soft fix) cadavers
  • Opportunity for self-directed original research

What's so good about Human Anatomy at Dundee?

  • No one else in the UK offers the possibility of anatomical dissection and anatomical research carried out on these unique, realistic cadavers.
  • The adoption of the Thiel method has allowed Dundee to offer not only much more realistic anatomical training, but also a whole new range of research possibilities.
  • Good relationships within the university allow research projects to be carried out in the fields of applied anatomy, embryology, histology, medicine, dentistry, or biomechanics, from staff who have international reputations in both practice and research.
  • In recognition of its ‘world class excellence’, the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification was the recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2013, one of the most highly-regarded awards for the UK’s universities and colleges.
  • The award-winning staff of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification are amongst the most experienced in the UK in the fields of human identification, forensic anthropology, craniofacial reconstruction and the study of the human body.

Our reputation

The College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee was ranked ahead of all other Universities in Scotland and is one of the UK's top 5 universities in the category of Biological Sciences out of 51 Universities.

Staff have international reputations in practice and research.

The award-winning staff of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) are amongst the most experienced in the UK in the fields of human identification, forensic anthropology, cranio-facial reconstruction and the study of the human body.

Benefits of studying with us

Study human gross anatomy in the renowned Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification
Access to Thiel embalmed cadavers
Introduction to anatomical preservation and presentation techniques and skills
Exposure to a wide range of IT and personal presentation skills

Programme Structure

There are two large modules of human gross anatomy, where you will have an opportunity to carry out full body dissection.

You'll also study relevant embryology and neuroanatomy material. Plus a skills module, with choices of skill depending on your background and requirements.

How you will be assessed

Coursework including

  • practical spot tests
  • essays
  • practical workbooks
  • seminar presentations

Examinations at the end of each semester may include:

  • multiple choice questions
  • extended matching questions
  • short answer questions
  • essays
  • practical spot tests.

The research project requires production of a dissertation.

What you will study

Both semesters 1 and 2 have a strong emphasis on gross anatomy through whole body dissection, working in groups of no more than four per cadaver. Semester 1 also has modules in Embryology and Developmental Anatomy and a Skills module, while semester 2 has modules in Neuroanatomy and in Clinical and Surgical Anatomy Topics.

Semester 3 allows students to focus on an independent and novel research project, either practical or literature based, in one of the following areas:

  • Thiel cadaveric anatomy
  • The anatomy of a specific region of clinical/surgical interest
  • Functional anatomy
  • Anatomy and biomechanics
  • Education

The research project is normally carried out at the University of Dundee, but there may be opportunities to complete this at your home institution under certain circumstances.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • First degree in a Life Sciences, Medicine or Dentistry, or related subject. Minimum equivalent to upper second class honours.
  • English Language Requirement: IELTS Overall 6.5

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15950 International
  • GBP 15950 EU/EEA


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