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Human Anatomy

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants 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 exclusively to medicine, healthcare, nursing, biomedical, bioengineering, pre-med or any biological science.

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 the above areas, may be recommended for entry to the programme subject to the approval of the Programme Committee.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please go to to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


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 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.

Further enquiries

Joy Balta: Programme Development Coordinator
Tel: +353 21 4205494
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience,
University College Cork,

Subjects taught

The programme is full-time over three semesters. The following Modules are taken in each Semester:

Semseter I
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*)

Semester II
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.

Assessment method

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.

Course fee

Irish/EU Fee €9,770

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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