• For Entry: September | January
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Join the anatomy course in our Queen's Award winning centre and dissect Thiel embalmed bodies, which are flexible and mimic the real life situation.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

The advantages of coming to Dundee include the following:

  • the use of Thiel cadavers: a fantastic opportunity to study gross anatomy in a highly functional context due to their flexibility and realism
  • the ability to combine your anatomy course with a variety of associated skills (anatomical preservation techniques, medical education)
  • the opportunity to carry out self-directed original research in an anatomical field


Thiel cadavers

The use of Thiel cadavers is a fantastic opportunity to study gross anatomy in a highly functional context due to their flexibility and realism

  • The adoption of the Thiel method has allowed Dundee to offer not only much more realistic anatomical training, but also a whole new range of research possibilities.
  • Good relationships within the university allow research projects to be carried out in the fields of applied anatomy, embryology, histology, medicine, dentistry, or biomechanics, from staff who have international reputations in both practice and research.
  • In recognition of its ‘world class excellence’, the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification was the recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2013, one of the most highly-regarded awards for the UK’s universities and colleges.
  • The award-winning staff of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification are amongst the most experienced in the UK in the fields of human identification, forensic anthropology, craniofacial reconstruction and the study of the human body. 
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A video introduction to our MSc in Human Anatomy

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

There are two large modules of human gross anatomy, where you will have an opportunity to carry out full body dissection.

You'll also study relevant embryology and neuroanatomy, including dissection of the brain.

How you will be assessed

Coursework includes

  • practical spot tests
  • essays
  • practical workbooks
  • seminar presentations

Examinations at the end of each semester may include:

  • multiple choice questions
  • extended matching questions
  • short answer questions
  • essays
  • practical spot tests.

The research project requires production of a dissertation.

What you will study

Both semesters 1 and 2 have a strong emphasis on gross anatomy through whole body dissection, where you will be working in groups of no more than four per cadaver. In Semester 1, you will also be studying embryology and developmental anatomy and will have a choice of one of three optional modules in either anatomical techniques, medical education or biomechanics. Semester 2 has modules in neuroanatomy and a creative module in a clinical topic.

Semester 3 allows students to focus on an independent and novel research project, either practical or literature based, in one of the following areas:

  • Thiel cadaveric anatomy
  • The anatomy of a specific region of clinical/surgical interest
  • Functional anatomy
  • Anatomy and biomechanics
  • Education

The research project is normally carried out at the University of Dundee, but there may be opportunities to complete this at your home institution under certain circumstances.


Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification

The award-winning staff at CAHID are amongst the most experienced in the UK in the fields of human identification, forensic anthropology, craniofacial reconstruction and the study of the human body.

Successful completion of the course will give you a solid grounding in anatomy, allowing you to work as an anatomical teacher, an anatomical technician, or, with further research experience, a well-qualified academic in the anatomical field.

Many of our graduates have continued their anatomical studies by continuing on to a PhD at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, or elsewhere at the University of Dundee. It can also form a solid foundation for beginning study or return to careers in areas such as medicine, dentistry or physiotherapy.

Murad Alshehry

The structure of the course is really good. Full body dissections are incorporated into the programme 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.

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Murad Alshehry
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Mohammad Alobaidy

One of the reasons I chose to study at Dundee was because the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification has an exceptional Thiel cadaver facility. Thiel embalming makes the cadavers very flexible and the University of Dundee is the only university in the UK that offers this facility.

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Mohammad Alobaidy
Saudi Arabia

First degree in a Life Sciences, Medicine or Dentistry, or related subject. Minimum equivalent to upper second class honours.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting academic year 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £17,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £17,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowHuman Anatomy MScP037308

Course Contact

Professor Tracey Wilkinson
Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification
+44 (0)1382 386825