Human Anatomy

University College Cork

Human Anatomy

Course Outline
The MSc in Human Anatomy is a 12-month full-time programme that 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 our state-of-art FLAME laboratory. The FLAME laboratory takes its name from the sculpture Flame which was commissioned in recognition of the altruism of those who donate their bodies for medical education and research.

This MSc programme is designed to reinforce and advance the anatomical knowledge and dissection skills of the participants. Core modules cover different anatomical sciences such as gross anatomy, neuroanatomy and human embryology and elective modules are designed to accommodate students with different interests.

Participants will have opportunities to develop radiological skills and experience in the Radiological Imaging module (AN6009). In addition to the theoretical knowledge learned, 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 programme is full-time over three semesters. Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits and complete a research dissertation (AN6010) to the value of 30 credits.

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 human anatomy research facility based on the Western Campus at UCC.

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 in this course will provide students with skills they can employ in future careers.

Course Practicalities
This programme is full-time over three semesters. Students should expect to attend a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and laboratories from 9am to 5pm 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 practical work, 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.

Our Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience staff keep in mind the different learning styles of course participants. We incorporate assessment techniques and methods that will complement our teaching style and varied participant preferences as well as enhance learning. Modules will be assessed using a combination of continuous assessment and written exams.

Subjects taught

Part I

Core Modules (55 credits)

AN6002 Human Gross Anatomy I (15 credits)
AN6003 Human Gross Anatomy II (15 credits)
AN6004 Neuroanatomy (10 credits)
AN6009 Radiological Imaging (5 credits)
AN6011 Learning and Teaching in Anatomy Education (10 credits)
Elective Modules* (choose 5 credits)

AN6008 Biomechanics of Human Movement (5 credits)
AN6012 Human Embryological Development (5 credits)

Part II

AN6010 Research Dissertation (30 credits)
*Elective modules will run based on meeting the requirement for the minimum number of students.

Please refer to the University Calendar MSc (Human Anatomy) for more information.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

Candidates will be required to hold a minimum Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ Level 8) 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 a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent, in a subject unrelated to that of the MSc, may be recommended for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), 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. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Application dates

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023

How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Assessment Info

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.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 11 September 2023.

Post Course Info

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 in 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.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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