Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

This is a joint programme with the School of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow.

Students take classes for one term at The Glasgow School of Art and for one term at the University of Glasgow. The masters project may be based at either institution.

How To Apply
Applications should include:
• Completed Postgraduate Application Form, including two references;
• 500-word statement, outlining reasons for applying for the programme;
• A copy of academic qualification certificates. For pending certification, applicants should ensure that referee reports contain an indication of the predicted result;
• IELTS report for overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language (IELTS 6.5).

Completed applications can be emailed to: . See here for forms and more details on how to apply.

Pathway Leader
Dr. Matthieu Poyade (GSA)
Dr. Paul Rea (UofG)

Programme Team

Dr Daniel Livingstone
Gillian Moffat
Brian Loranger
Mike Marriott

Programme Administrator
Avril McAllister 

Programme Overview

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 Anatomy Facility 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 and visualisation 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, and is accredited by the Institute of Medical Illustrators.

Programme Structure

The MSc Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy programme is delivered over one year (45 weeks) in 3 Stages. Students undertaking the programme will split their time equally between the University of Glasgow and The Glasgow School of Art. The programme is delivered as two core areas - digital technologies applied to medical visualisation (delivered by the School of Simulation and Visualisation in Stage 1) and human anatomy (delivered at the School of Life Sciences Anatomy Facility in Stage 2). In Stage 3, students work towards a large-scale self-directed final project, supported by supervisors from both SimVis and GU.

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

Scholarships and Funded Places

A range of scholarships are available which cover partial or full fees. More information can be found here.

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 modeling 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.

IELTS 6.5 for overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language.


For more information please contact Avril McAllister,