About This Program

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

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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Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next three months is reserved for the visa application process. 

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.

Why Study in University College Cork

Cork - the city that has it all!

The greater metropolitan area of Cork, Ireland's second largest city, has a population of almost 300,000.

Cork has a number of "sister cities" around the world; these include San Francisco, Shanghai, Rennes and Cologne. UCC receives many students from these cities who experience a warm and friendly welcome and a sense of being "home from home".

Cork City is a cosmopolitan modern city with all the advantages of a capital city with none of the disadvantages! It has the cafe, restaurant and nightlife culture of a vibrant European city while its inhabitants can still easily walk down its main street and bump into friends and acquaintances. The city is also the principal commercial and banking centre in the South of Ireland. It is a busy, thriving seaport and home to a large number of modern industries.

As a small city, everything is easily accessible and a full range of amenities, be they recreational, business, shopping or sport, abound in the city itself. Cork City however, does not stand isolated from its county - the largest in the country. Therefore, 'city and 'county' life merge effortlessly together bringing the beauty of County Cork, water sports and ourdoor pursuits right to your doorstep. According to National Geographic, you'll find one of the best walks in Cork!

UCC's main campus is within walking distance of this mass of activity and life. What's more with the beauty of its campus, UCC is considered not only a respected University but also one of the nicest 'gardens' belonging to Cork as a whole.  

Cork was also very proud to have been designated 'European Capital of Culture 2005', reflecting the strong tradition of music, art and theatre in the city.

Cork international airport is only 6 kilometres from the University. This allows for constant access to the international destinations and also highlights Cork itself as a globally attractive and exciting location.

UCC Facts and Figures.

If you intend to enroll in UCC especially in research, you would enjoy working with state of the art facilities and a hands-on approach to learning.  And as an applicant, you would be happy to know that UCC:

  • Offers a variety of programs, from undergraduate to Ph.D. courses - all for you to choose from;
  • Has more than 1,200 qualified academic faculty staff;
  • Ensures that students needs are looked after as UCC has a student union that acts as the representative body of the 15,000 plus students attending UCC. You will automatically be a member as your student levy will be part of your miscellaneous fees;
  • Has over 80 active societies and 50 different sports clubs.  There are also various clubs that center on a variety of activities such as academic, charitable, religious, creative arts as well as sports.  You'll never get bored and you'll enjoy opportunities to network;
  • Encourages its societies to engage in altruistic and humanitarian works such as raising funds for an orphanage in Cambodia and financial support for the Cork Hospitals Children's Club;
  • Established its own Accommodation and Student Activities Office that can provide you with advice and information on renting accommodation in Cork City;
  • Has impressive graduate statistics in that ninety percent (90%) of primary degree graduates are in employment or further study.


Aside from stylishly-furnished rooms that can accommodate 1,200 students, you may want to consider studying in University College Cork for the following reasons:

  • Favorable student visa process;
  • The Republic of Ireland is an English-speaking country. There's no need to learn a new language;
  • It is the Gateway to Europe for leading global companies. In fact 8 out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies are located in Cork;
  • Your needs and rights will be protected. UCC's International Office was ranked 1st in Ireland and 3rd in the world with a 944% satisfaction rating.  UCC offers one of the best student support and careers service;
  • It was the 1st university in the world to be awarded the international Green Flag;
  • It was voted "Safest Campus in Ireland" by international students;
  • 87% of UCC's graduate are in employment;
  • Your degree is respected and recognized as UCC belongs to the top 2% of research institutions in the world;
  • Everything you need is only minutes from Cork City Centre:  accommodation, library, green campus, shops, restaurants and art gallery!

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