M.Sc. On Campus

Medical Art

University of Dundee

12 months
19900 GBP/year
9600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Medical Art MSc from University of Dundee encompasses a wide range of applications from patient communication and information to medical teaching and training. 



The Medical Art MSc from University of Dundee  starts by giving you a strong foundation in anatomy, observational drawing, and anatomical illustration skills, before moving on to more specialised modules in the second semester.

You will have the opportunity to work on live briefs with a range of experts and will be introduced to more specialist software enabling you to create 3D interactive models, animations and virtual reality experiences.

Medical art is also used by the pharmaceutical industry to help explain their products and in the court room to help lay jury members understand complex topics.

Medical artists produce work in a wide range of media including traditional illustrations, as well as interactive 3D models, and animations.

You have access to our art school and our medical science facilities, and will learn anatomy from Thiel embalmed cadavers and prosections. These cadavers are soft-fix, which means they retain real-to-life qualities, including realistic colour, tissue quality and flexibility.

You'll be taught by highly specialised tutors from scientific backgrounds such as anatomy, as well as experienced medical art supervisors. Our staff work closely with the NHS, the Institute of Medical Illustrators, and the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain.


Our alumni have gone on to work in the following fields:

  • NHS medical illustration departments producing patient information and illustration services for staff
  • e-learning in medical schools
  • 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


Short term internships may be offered to selected students following graduation. Previous placements have included the Royal College of Surgeons in London, the Technology and Innovative Learning Team at Ninewells Hospital, and Limbs and Things in Bristol.


This course is accredited by Institute of Medical Illustrators

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Anatomy - Head & Neck
  • Research Methods
  • Anatomy – Body Systems
  • Life Art
  • Medical Art: Contemporary Theory and Practice
  • Medical Art: Communication and Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • First or upper second class honours degree in art/design or related medical/anatomical science.
  • A portfolio of artwork demonstrating competency across both traditional and digital media. You should submit between 10-15 images including a number of examples from direct observation, such as life drawing or portrait sculpture. You will be invited to upload your portfolio after we receive your application.Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.

Portofolio format:

  • One PDF document with up to 15 pages of work and one contents page
    • No more than 50MB
    • Named using your full name and student ID number e.g. MaryAnnBaxter_1234567.pdf

    Work experience

    Relevant professional experience will be taken into account if you have no graduate qualifications.

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      19900 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 19900 GBP per year during 12 months.
    • National

      9600 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 9600 GBP per year during 12 months.

    Living costs for Dundee

    787 - 1494 GBP /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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