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.

Academic staff from the department of Anatomy and Neuroscience will teach on this course. This will include individuals who are experts in the areas of human anatomy, embryology, radiology, neuroanatomy as well as those with expertise in cadaveric dissection and prosection.

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.

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.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.


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.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Mutahira Lone
+353 21 4205494

Dr Siobhain O'Mahony
+353 21 4205479

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.

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 9 September 2019

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