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Full time September MSc 1 year full-time

About the course

Programme description

The details provided are based on restrictions related to Covid-19 being removed. Should restrictions remain in place, changes to the delivery of the programme may be required. An update will be provided in early March 2021.

In this programme you will:

  • learn anatomy through dissection
  • gain knowledge and experience of anatomical teaching
  • take additional modules on neuroanatomy, embryology, anatomy law and ethics and medical imaging.
  • contribute to world leading anatomical and/or biomedical research

Our programme aims to improve your theoretical and practical knowledge of human anatomy through an intensive on-campus dissection course, as well as the development and learning of theoretical and practical aspects of teaching anatomy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.


Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

Course Content

Where is University of Edinburgh

Student Profile(s)

Sameer Dhumale

The 1 year MSc was the most intense yet rewarding year I have experienced to date! There was plenty to cover in the year, including a three-month research project, therefore my timetable was always full. The unique daily dissection ensured continual lab attendance in order to cover all aspects of the relevant anatomy. The wide range of examination types also tested me in unfamiliar ways e.g. vivas and SPOT exams. Taking on modules such as law and ethics, as well as health and safety meant that we really had a holistic approach to learning within the field of anatomy; preparing us for careers in any aspect of the field. Modules in neuroanatomy and embryology made sure we had a complete approach to learning anatomy, and I personally found embryology particularly useful in getting my head around the more complex structures by understanding its development.

Maryam Rajid

The MSc Human anatomy course at the university of Edinburgh provides a very special opportunity for students to take part in the long tradition of learning human anatomy through dissection. Furthermore, the teaching component provides an excellent platform to pursue a teaching profession in Higher Education because the course allows you to develop teaching skills by putting the theoretical knowledge of teaching into real-life practice. Overall, the MSc in Human Anatomy provides a highly enriching experience which I would recommend to any student with an interest in learning the human body in a more in-depth manner.

Steven Buddle

The Human Anatomy MSc at Edinburgh University was a fantastic way to advance my knowledge of anatomy and improve my confidence in teaching. I came away with a brilliant qualification and lots of new friends.

Maeve Ryan

This was a quite practical taught masters that put you in control of your learning and pushes you to explore the subject autonomously. All the staff, both academic and technical, were really helpful and responsive. It provides a great base in human anatomy while also rounding the subject out with other subjects such as embryology and ethics.

Alex Ahl

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Edinburgh University, completing the MSc In Human Anatomy. It was a very intensive and expansive course that taught me a range of versatile skills, both in and outside the laboratory and classroom. For me, the life long friends I made during the MSc course was the highlight, as they pushed me to attain higher standards whilst always supporting me.

Arthur Lau

The MSc Human Anatomy has expanded my knowledge of the human anatomy beyond what was usually taught in medical schools, allowing me to have a deeper understanding of its clinical value and the complexity of our human body.

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