UCC Postgraduate courses

Human Anatomy

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Human Anatomy

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    1 Year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2021

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2021


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications: we will reopen in November.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Extended until 31 July 2021

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

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.

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.

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


Core modules:

  • Human Gross Anatomy 1 (15 credits)
  • Human Embryology (5 credits)
  • Anatomy Pedagogy (10 credits) 


Core modules:

  • Human Gross Anatomy II (15 Credits)
  • Neuroanatomy (10 Credits)
  • Radiological Imaging (5 Credits) 


  • Research Dissertation (30 credits)

* Elective modules will run based on meeting the requirement for the minimum number of students.

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. 


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.

Course Practicalities

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

The assessment of this course is designed keeping in mind that participants will have different learning styles. Hence, 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.

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.

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 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.

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.


  • 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 available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €9,900.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €15,670.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Please note that successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 to secure their place in advance of registration. 

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

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

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Extended until 31 July 2021

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