Taught course

Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Life Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

You should have an Honours degree or equivalent in 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. However, 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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme is the first taught Masters programme in medical visualisation in the UK. Offered jointly by The University of Glasgow and The Glasgow School of Art, it combines actual cadaveric dissection with 3D digital reconstruction, interaction and visualisation.

Why this programme

  • You will examine human anatomy and reconstruct it in a real-time 3D environment for use in education, simulation, and training.
  • You will have access to a wide range of digital interaction technologies including virtual and augmented reality, stereographic 3D and haptic devices.
  • You will also have access to the Laboratory of Human Anatomy at The University of Glasgow, one of the largest in Europe.
  • The programme has excellent industry connections through research and commercial projects. You will benefit from guest lectures by practitioners, researchers and experts from industry.
  • This programme is accredited by the Institute of Medical Illustrators.

Programme structure

You will split your time between The Glasgow School of Art (School of Simulation and Visualisation) and The University of Glasgow (Laboratory of Human Anatomy). The programme is structured into three stages.

Stage one: digital technologies applied to medical visualisation (delivered by The School of Simulation and Visualisation at The Glasgow School of Art)

Core courses

  • 3D modelling and animation
  • Applications in medical visualisation
  • Volumetric and 3D surface visualisation
  • Core research skills for postgraduates.

Stage two: human anatomy (delivered by the Laboratory of Human Anatomy at The University of Glasgow).

Core courses

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

In stage three you will complete a self-directed final project, supported throughout with individual supervision.

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist within the commercial healthcare device manufacturer, public and private healthcare sectors, as well as in academic medical visualisation research and development. Students will be able to gain 3D visualisation skills specific to applications in the medical, biomedical, anatomy, or health domains and will be involved in the design and development of related visualisations and/or applications through digital technology, eg visualising current life science research, creating patient information applications or training applications for medical practitioners, diagnostic and clinical applications, medical visualisation and simulation.

Here are some examples of roles and companies for our graduates:

  • Interns, Clinical Assistants and Clinical Researchers at Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems
  • Research Prosector (GU)
  • 3D printing industry
  • Demonstrators in Anatomy
  • PhD studies - medical history, medical visualisation
  • Medical School
  • Dental School
  • Digital Designer at Costello Medical
  • Lead Designer at Open Bionics
  • Founder of Axial Medical Printing Ltd
  • Digital Technician at University of Leeds
  • Digital Specialist at Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians Glasgow
  • Researcher and Factual Specialist at BBC
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Freelance Medical Illustration
  • Numerous successful placements on PhD programmes (medical visualisation, anatomy, anatomy education, medical humanities)
  • MBChB, BDS courses

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£9250
International students
£15420

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Paul Rea / Dr Minhua Eunice Ma
Email
paul.rea@glasgow.ac.uk
Phone
0141 330 4515