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

MSc Medical Art

  • Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • UCAS: P037295
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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Medical art encompasses a wide range of applications from patient communication and information to medical teaching and training. It is also used by the pharmaceutical industry to aid in explanation of their products and by television companies in the production of documentaries.

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This taught Masters course employs highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds alongside experienced medical art supervisors.

Created in response to the need for transition from a variety of undergraduate degrees to specialist practice within the contemporary medical art field., our course will provide expertise for those intending to work at the leading edge of the medical art profession and is a supportive environment to nurture innovative and creative ideas. Course lecturers work closely with the NHS, the Institution of Medical Illustrators and the Medical Artists’ Association.

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Making the face of Kali

This course will benefit artists with specific interests in the medical and forensic applications of visual art.

It will also provide a postgraduate qualification for police artists, and medical artists working in the NHS, who are seeking validation or further specialisation of existing skills to conform with medico-legal procedures and for registration with relevant professional bodies.

Did You Know?

  • Our students benefit from top-class art school and medical science facilities
  • The MSc is the only one of its kind in the UK
  • It combines traditional skills with cutting-edge technology
  • Tutors are practicing medical artists
  • Access to full body dissections
  • Opportunity for self-directed research


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).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

The course is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures (both face to face and online), practical sessions in the studio and dissection room, and small group discussions with an encouragement into debate and theoretical solutions to current problems.

How you will be assessed

A variety of assessment methods are used including: Anatomy spot-tests, portfolio assessment, written examinations, oral presentations, written coursework and exhibition presentation. 

What you will study

Number of credits: 20

This module will provide an overview of the anatomical structures of the head and neck. You will learn anatomy through practical sessions in the Dissection Room and Anatomy Museum. Anatomical terminology, concepts and theories will be introduced along with workshops in anatomical facial sculpture. At the end of the module you should be able to understand the structure, function and adaptation of the human craniofacial complex.

Number of credits: 10

This module aims to give students an awareness of current research in the fields of medical and forensic art and human identification. Students will gain an appreciation of the requirements and expectations of modern research along with the ability to choose, design and develop their own self-directed study in the final semester.

Number of credits: 20

This module will provide an overview of basic human anatomy, focussing on body systems. Anatomical terminology, concepts and theories will be introduced along with a series of workshops in anatomical illustration skills. At the end of the module you should be able to understand the basic structure, function and adaptation of the human body. You should also be able to create anatomical illustrations in both traditional as well as digital media.  

Number of credits: 10

This module will provide students with an opportunity to apply their anatomical knowledge to figure drawing from life models whilst allowing for experimentation with media, techniques and technologies. Students will learn how to construct the basic form of the figure before developing écorché’s of the muscular-skeletal system. Group critiques will be held to encourage peer feedback and self-review.

Number of credits: 30

This module aims to give students an overview of the history of medical art along with contemporary theory and practice. Through a series of lectures and workshops, students will become familiar with a range of materials and software which they will use to respond to specific medical illustration briefs. Students will be exposed to a variety of career pathways within medical art and professional bodies, ethics and registration will be discussed.   

Number of credits: 30

This module aims to give students experience of working with other professionals and exposure to hospital and other medical/scientific environments. This may include observation of surgery and visits to hospital departments as well as working with anatomy staff within the University. Students will learn to consider the different applications of their work including; public communication, patient information, medico-legal artwork, expert training and education. Students will develop two small self-directed projects utilising the people, materials and experiences they are exposed during this module. The projects will focus on communicating anatomical or medical information to either public or specialist audiences. In addition, students will be presented with a mock medico-legal case to illustrate.

Number of credits: 60

Building upon the foundations laid in semesters one and two you will be expected to plan and conduct an independent project within the broad fields of Medical Art or Forensic Art and Facial Identification. This may take the form of either a novel piece of research, a case study or live brief. Dissertations may take the form of either an illustrated report or a journal paper.  You will also present your artwork as part of the DJCAD ‘Master’s Show’ as well as giving a short oral presentation on your project to your peers. 

This course provides professional training to underpin your first degree, so that you can enter employment at the leading edge of your discipline. Career opportunities in medical art are varied and will depend on individual background and interests.

In medical art potential careers exist in the NHS as well as industry. Medical art and visualisation is a rapidly changing and broad discipline. Possible careers include:

  •     NHS medical illustration departments producing patient information and illustration services for staff
  •     E-learning
  •     3D model making (including clinical/surgical skills trainers) companies
  •     Digital art and animation studios
  •     Publishing houses
  •     Illustration studios
  •     Medico-legal artwork
  •     Freelance illustration and fine art applications
  •     Special effects and the media/film world
  •     Academia – teaching or research
  •     PhD research


Short term internships may be offered to selected students following graduation. Previous placements have included, the Royal College of Surgeons in London, the Technology and Innovative Learning Team at Ninewells Hospital and Limbs and Things in Bristol.

Claire Cooper

I found the learning curve for both gross anatomy and multimedia software packages very steep, but there was always unconditional support and guidance from the course leaders and technical staff.

On completion of the course, the internship schemes made available give students the opportunity to maintain the skills they are acquired, offering a leg-up into a suitable profession.

United Kingdom

Claire Cooper
MSc Medical Art graduate 2017

Stefanie Schultz

The focus on 3D technology was what attracted me to the program and the concentration on these programs and tools during the second semester was very beneficial to my skillset and future career. I also particularly enjoyed the flexibility of the 3rd semester project. I felt this was where I was able to expand on my personal style while still applying all of the new techniques and knowledge I learned during the previous semesters.

I definitely recommend this course to any one interested in entering the medical art field.

Stefanie Schultz
Image Processor and Video Production Artis, Kenhub
United States

First or upper second class honours degree in art/design or related medical/anatomical science.
A portfolio of artwork demonstrating competency across both traditional and digital media. You should submit between 10-15 images including a number of examples from direct observation, such as life drawing or portrait sculpture. You will be invited to upload your portfolio after we receive your application.
Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.

 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 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £8,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £8,500 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study
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Fee statusFees for students starting academic year 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £8,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £8,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
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.

Places are limited for this course and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. If you meet the entry requirements but all places are allocated we will notify you that you have been added to a waiting list.

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 nowMedical Art MScP037295

Course Contact

Dr Caroline Erolin
Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification
+44 (0)1382 388352

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