Human Anatomy MSc

School of Science and Engineering

Learn about human anatomy by carrying out full body dissection on Thiel embalmed cadavers

Start date
September 2024
12 months (full time)
Dundee City Campus

Human Anatomy is defined as the study of structures in the human body – this is key to medical practice and other areas of health.

There are many reasons why you would study Human Anatomy MSc at the University of Dundee, such as:

  • We were the first UK university to use the Thiel embalming system in our teaching. We are now considered the UK’s leading Thiel facility. Our technicians have acted as consultants to a variety of anatomical institutions across the world.
  • You’ll have the chance to carry out a full body dissection on Thiel embalmed cadavers. These cadavers are soft fix. This means they retain real-life qualities, including colour, tissue quality, and flexibility. This makes dissection easier, functional, and much more realistic.
  • You will have access to our flexible teaching space, our anatomy museum, and a range of online resources. Some of which were produced by our own students.

Our anatomy course will give you a deep and thorough understanding of human, clinical, functional, and applied anatomy.

You’ll carry out practical anatomical techniques such as:

  • developing an innovative student online learning resource
  • cutting, staining, and mounting a good-quality histology slide
  • producing a sheet plastinated specimen
  • learning how to embalm

You will also learn about other anatomical sciences such as embryology and neuroanatomy. You can combine your interest in anatomy with other skills such as:

  • anatomical preservation techniques
  • biomechanics
  • learning and teaching practice

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“The structure of the course is really good. Full body dissections are incorporated and you are able to use the Thiel cadaver facility and learn dissection techniques first hand. You learn so much with Thiel embalmed cadavers because of their flexible and life-like quality.”

Murad Alshehry, MSc Human Anatomy graduate

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