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MSc in Human Anatomy UCC by IVC

Interested in teaching human anatomy or developing your dissection and anatomical knowledge? If so, consider studying in Ireland.

This MSc degree in Human Anatomy of University College Cork will be of interest to you if you are a graduate of either medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, science, engineering and other fields.

Core modules are designed to accommodate students with varying interests and will therefore cover different anatomical sciences such as gross anatomy, neuroanatomy and human embryology.  In the Anatomy Pedagogy, module students will be taught to develop and deliver innovative anatomical teaching methods which include the use of new technologies.

The programme also offers several modules to suit specialised career paths. In the ‘Anatomy Pedagogy’ module students will be taught to develop and deliver innovative anatomical pedagogical methods which include the use of new technologies.

You will have opportunities to develop radiological skills and experience in the ‘Radiology Imaging Module’.  Access to practical experience in a range of radiological modalities e.g. CT, MRI, ultrasound and PET will be of special interest.


Course Delivery

You should expect to attend a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratories from 9am to 5pm daily.  You will also have to dedicate some time to independent learning during the first and second semesters.

Your weekly schedule will be like this: 5 to 8 hours of lectures, 2 to 3 hours of tutorials, 6 to 9 hours of lab practicals and 1 to 2 hours of seminars per week.

During semester 3, you will need to complete a short research proposal and complete a research project of limited scope.


The MSc in Human Anatomy will enhance your application profile with the aim of furthering your career path.  You will be equipped with skills that enable you to excel in careers in anatomical sciences including teaching and technical positions. If you are applying for clinical positions, your credentials will be enhanced by the advanced skills and knowledge gained on this course.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the detailed anatomy of the human body.   
  • Dissect human cadaveric material up to prosection level standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a specific embryological event or sequence of events that leads to the development of a particular body region or system.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the theoretical concepts and practical skills behind different radiological imaging techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of structure and a basic understanding of the function, of thecentral nervous system.
  • Work effectively as an individual, in teams and multi-disciplinary settings together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.
  • Design, conduct, analyse, interpret and present a research project in human anatomy.
  • Discuss the ethical issues surrounding the use of human material for research and education.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate written and oral communication skills required of the professional practitioner.
  • Critically read and analyse data from scientific papers.

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Course Outline

You must complete 60 credits and research dissertation to be awarded the MSc in Human Anatomy Degree.  The MSc Human Anatomy award is a Level 9-Master’s Degree and Major Award. You will be eligible for the award of honours on the basis of the marks you achieve over the Summer, Autumn and Winter Examination Boards.  To be eligible for honours, you must pass all modules.

Semester I

  • Human Gross Anatomy I- 15 credits
  • Human Embryology- 10 credits
  • Anatomy Pedagogy- 5 credits

Semester II

  • Human Gross Anatomy II- 15 credits
  • Neuroanatomy- 10 credits
  • Radiological Imaging- 5 credits

Semester III

  • Research Dissertation

Course Info

Course Code : CKX52

College : Medicine and Health

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee


Tuition Fee - International Fees


Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)


The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

The next intake date is September 2017.

For next year, IVC however, will be accepting application only until March 28, 2018.  This 6-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

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Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement. 

The MSc degree in Human Anatomy will be of interest to graduates of medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, science, engineering  and other fields,  interested in combining a post graduate qualification in human anatomy to their skills base.

You 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.  VERIFY if you Meet UCC'S minimum academic standards.

If you did not meet the academic requirement or there is no equivalency for your country, let us know!  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.  Share your inquiry with us.

  • English Language Proficiency.  If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no individual section less than 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section are as follows:  Listening and Writing 23; Speaking 22; Reading 21.
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.

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