The MSc in Human Anatomy is a 12 months' full-time programme which is uniquely designed to provide advanced training in clinically applied human anatomy. While different pedagogies are used as part of this programme, cadaveric dissection is a crucial component of the course situated at the state of art FLAME laboratory.
The programme is designed to reinforce and advance the anatomical knowledge and dissection skills of the participants. Core modules will cover different anatomical sciences such as gross anatomy, neuroanatomy and human embryology. Elective modules are designed to accommodate students with different interests. Students taking the Anatomy Pedagogy module will be taught to develop and deliver innovative anatomical teaching methods which include the use of new technologies.
Participants will have opportunities to develop radiological skills and experience in the Radiological Imaging module. In addition to the theoretical knowledge learnt, participants will have access to practical experience in a range of radiological modalities e.g. CT, MRI, ultrasound and PET. Students do not need prior experience in this type of imaging.
Why Choose This Course
This is the first taught MSc in Human Anatomy in the Republic of Ireland. It has a large cadaver-based dissection component which will provide participants with a unique and exceptional opportunity to develop their dissection and anatomical knowledge on human material. It will be based in the FLAME Laboratory, the department's newly constructed state-of-the-art human anatomy research facility. Students will develop and deliver innovative teaching methods, will receive hands-on practical experience in radiological modalities, will design and implement an independent anatomy-related research project. The variety of assessment methods experienced on this course will provide students with skills they can employ in future careers.
• Candidates will be required to hold an Honours Degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum second class honours grade 2 (or equivalent) in a subject related to that of the MSc programme such as (but not exclusive to) healthcare, nursing, biomedical, bioengineering, pre-med or any biological science; OR Hold a Medical qualification of the NUI or an equivalent institution, and hold full professional registration with the Medical Council of Ireland or equivalent national regulatory body.
• Applications will also be considered from registered nurses who completed their training prior to the introduction of Honours nursing degree programmes. Such candidates must hold full professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or equivalent.
• In exceptional circumstances applicants with an Honours Degree (NFQ level 8), with a minimum second class honours grade 2 (or equivalent), in a subject unrelated to that of the MSc, may be recommended for entry to the programme subject to the approval of the Programme Committee.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/
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The assessment of this course is designed with the fact that participants will have different learning styles. The aim is to incorporate assessment techniques and methods that will complement our teaching style and varied participant preferences as well as enhancing learning. Modules will be assessed using a combination of continuous assessment and written exams. The continuous assessments will include essays, oral presentations and website creation. While summative exams will include practical examinations and written examinations.
The programme is full-time over three semesters. The following Modules are taken in each Semester:
Human Gross Anatomy I 15 credits (Core Module)
Human Embryology 10 credits (Core Module)
Anatomy Pedagogy 5 credits (Elective Module*)
Biomechanics of Human Movemoment 5 credits (Elective Module*)
Human Gross Anatomy II 15 credits (Core Module)
Neuroanatomy 10 credits (Core Module)
Radiological Imaging 5 credits (Core Module)
Research Disseration 30 Credits (Core Module)
* Elective modules will run based on meeting the requirement for the minimum number of students.
The programme is designed to reinforce and advance the anatomical knowledge and dissection skills of the participants. Core modules will cover different anatomical sciences such as gross anatomy, neuroanatomy and human embryology.
Elective modules are designed to accommodate students with different interests. Students taking the Anatomy Pedagogy module will be taught to develop and deliver innovative anatomical teaching methods which include the use of new technologies.
Participants will have opportunities to develop radiological skills and experience in the Radiological Imaging module. In addition to the theoretical knowledge learnt, participants will have access to practical experience in a range of radiological modalities e.g. CT, MRI, ultrasound and PET. Students do not need prior experience in this type of imaging. The module on biomechanics of human movement will give students an understanding of structure/function relationships in the human body and a general understanding of rehabilitation techniques.
1 year full-time.
This programme is full-time over three semesters. Students should expect to attend a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and laboratories from 9 am to 5 pm daily, with some time dedicated to independent learning, during semesters 1 & 2. In each semester, students will attend 5-8 hours of lectures, 2-3 hours of tutorials, 6-9 hours of lab practicals and 1-2 hours of seminars per week. During semester 3, students will need to complete a short research proposal and complete a research project of limited scope.
Start Date: 7 September 2020
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Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with an MSc in Human Anatomy?
The MSc in Human Anatomy will enhance the application profile of graduates furthering their career paths. Graduates will be equipped with skills that enable them to excel in careers in anatomical sciences including teaching and technical positions. Applications by medical graduates seeking positions on clinical schemes will be enhanced by the advanced skills and knowledge gained on this course.
Occupations associated with an MSc in Human Anatomy.
Occupations of graduates with an MSc in Human Anatomy will pursue a career within academic /allied health settings as a medical demonstrator, instructor, teaching fellow, prosector, technician. Also lab-based careers in the medical device industry as well as medical illustrator are also potential occupations. This MSc is also suitable for those in medical or surgical fields to further their career as well as providing opportunities for those having completed a relevant undergraduate degree.