MSc Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy

  • DeadlineStudy Details:

    one year full-time, beginning in September each year.

Course Description

Accredited by the Institute of Medical Illustrators, the MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy is a one-year taught postgraduate programme offered by the School of Simulation and Visualisation (SimVis) at The Glasgow School of Art in collaboration with the Anatomy department in the School of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow.

The course presents a unique opportunity to combine actual cadaveric dissection with 3D digital reconstruction, interaction, visualisation and medical illustration using state of the art virtual reality facilities. It allows students to examine human anatomy, and to reconstruct it in a real-time 3D environment for use in education, simulation, and training. This Masters programme provides an ideal opportunity for enhancement of research into human anatomy, diagnostics, simulation, and visualisation.

Entry Requirements

You should have a good Honours degree or equivalent in any of the following disciplines:

• Life sciences, medical or biomedical science, e.g. anatomy, physiology, dentistry or dental technology, forensic anthropology, molecular biological degrees and the allied health professionals
• Computer science, 3D visualisation, computer graphics, health informatics, mathematics, and physics
• Medical illustration, 3D design, product design, digital media, digital arts, 3D modelling and animation
• or equivalent professional practice

High calibre graduates from other disciplines may be considered if they are able to demonstrate an interest and ability in the field of medical visualisation.

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Fees for Session 2022-23 are as follows:

Home:            £12,240

Overseas:       £29,980

Programme Funding

Student Destinations

Past students on this programme have found employment in a variety of fields, including:

• Canon Medical Research Europe
• Limbs and Things
• Fluidda
• Medpace
• Costello Medical Consulting
• Integrated MedHealth Communication (imc)
• Complete Medical Communications
• Open Bionics
• Sharecare Reality Lab
• Outcome Health (formerly ContextMedia)
• Holoxica
• Biolucid
• Smithsonian Institute
• Optima CDT
• British Broadcasting Corporation
• Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
• Axial Medical Printing Ltd. (Founder)
• Kenhub GmbH
• MedPace
• Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
• 3D4Medical
• SensiBlu Pharmaceuticals
• Scalpel Ltd
• Touch Surgery
• European Molecular Biology Laboratory – Design Lab
• National Health Service – NHS
• Wheatley Group – Knowledge Transfer Network
• Infineon Technologies
• Advanced Forming Research Centre
• EMT American Medical Response
• Freelance Medical Illustration/Illustration/Graphic Designers
• Numerous universities in educational roles

Our graduates have also been very successful in securing digital related PhD programmes and entry to medical and dental degrees, and progression to roles within the NHS and NHS Scotland

Module Details

Stage 1

  • Academic Skills in Masters Research
  • Medical Visualisation
    • 3D Modelling
    • Interactive Medical Visualisation
    • Volumetric Visualisation

Stage 2

  • Introduction to anatomy
  • Structure and function of the human body
  • Cadaveric dissection techniques

Stage 3

  • MSc Research Project, with joint supervision from University of Glasgow and The Glasgow School of Art

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