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

Medical Art MSc

  • 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.

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

Medical Art at the University of Dundee

An MSc in Medical Art helps you to develop specialist practice within the contemporary medical art field. 

MSc in Medical Art at the University of Dundee

The MSc in Medical Art is a unique Master’s Programme created in response to the need for transition from a variety of undergraduate degrees to specialist practice within the contemporary medical art field. The MSc aims to 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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Who should study this course?

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

Medical Art is the depiction of anatomy, medical science, pathology and surgery.  This may include illustrations, diagrams, 3D models or animations for use in medical education, specialist training, public communication, medico-legal evidence and medical research. 

Semester 1 (60 credits)

In semester 1 the focus is on learning anatomy through dissection, prosection study, illustration and facial sculpture and applying this to life art practice.  Students will also be introduced to research methods and digital media.

    Anatomy 1 - Head and Neck (15 credits)

    Anatomy 2 - Post Cranial (15 credits)

    Life Art (10 credits)

    Digital Media Practice (10 credits)

    Research Methods (10 credits)

Semester 1 may be also be taken as a stand-alone PGCert entitled ‘Anatomy for Artists’.


Semester 2 (60 credits)

In semester 2 the students specialise in medical art through two subject specific modules.  Medical Art 1 consists of a series of lectures and workshops giving students an overview of contemporary medical art practice while teaching a variety of practical skills including digital illustration, 3D modelling and working with CT and laser scan data.  During Medical Art 2 students will gain experience of working with other professionals. They will observe surgery and work with anatomy staff within CAHID to produce two self-direct projects.  Students will also undertake a module in Medico-Legal Ethics in order to gain an awareness of the legal and ethical issues surrounding professional practice in medical art.

    Medical Art 1 – Image Capture and Creation (25 credits)

    Medical Art 2 – Communication and Education(25 credits)

    Medical-Legal Ethics (10 credits)

On successful completion of Semesters 1 and 2 there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Art.


Semester 3 (60 credits) - dissertation and exhibition resulting from a self-directed project undertaken either at the university or as a placement. 

The Medical Art MSc provides a wide variety of transferrable skills and allows for students to engage and work alongside professionals in the healthcare industry. It's been an incredibly rewarding and insightful experience and the amount of knowledge obtained in such a short space of time is invaluable.

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.

Claire Cooper
Medical Art MSc graduate 2017

This programme aims to provide 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


    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

Miriam Waite, graduated 2014
Medical illustrator, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, NHS

"The most impressive aspect of this course is that even after spending the most diverse, enjoyable and rewarding year in education, you are not cast into the big wide world unsupported. An amazing leg-up into the industry is provided in the internship schemes available after the MSc, giving you the opportunity to make those valuable connections that help get you a job. Loved it."


Short term internships in medical institutes throughout will be offered to selected students following graduation. Internship institutes offer these internships based on the reputation of the course and its tutors and include various NHS trusts and private companies.

First or upper second class honours degree in art/design or related medical/anatomical science.
You will be invited to upload evidence of artwork - in the form of a portfolio - after we receive your application. Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.
Portfolios should be around 10 _ 15 pieces of art in any media and either two and/or three dimensions. It is recommended that you include at least some artwork created from direct observation, such as life drawing or portrait sculpture.

 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 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £8,500 per year of study
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

Places are limited for this programme 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 (UKPASS) 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
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Course Contact

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

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