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.
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 (at The School of Simulation and Visualisation):
- Research Methods
- Medical Visualisation including volumetric visualisation, 3D modelling and interactive applications
Stage two: human anatomy (delivered by the Laboratory of Human Anatomy at The University of Glasgow).
- 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.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
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
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2019-20
Fees information at the Glasgow School of Art
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
Postgraduate Tuition Fee Scholarships
The University of Glasgow is pleased to offer postgraduate tuition fee scholarships funded by the SFC (Scottish Funding Council) for postgraduate study. The scholarship is awarded as a full tuition fee waiver and is available for entry in September 2019 on selected postgraduate taught programmes.More Information
Postgraduate Student Loan (NI)
If you are a Northern Irish student looking to study a taught Masters programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a University in Northern Ireland.
Northern Irish students are able to apply for non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500, to help with the costs of funding
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* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmesMore Information
The University offers a 10% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.More Information
Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans England only (PTFL)
If you’re starting a master’s degree, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs. You have to repay your Postgraduate Master’s Loan at the same time as any other student loans you have. You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.
If you’re studying by distance learning, you can also apply.
Examples of postgraduate master’s qualifications include:
- MSc (Master of Science)
- MA (Master of Arts)
- MPhil (Master of Philosophy)
- MRes (Master of Research)
- LLM (Master of Law)
- MLitt (Master of Letters)
- MFA (Master of Fine Art)
- MEd (Master of Education)
- MBA (Master of Business Administration)
If you plan to study for Master of Architecture (MArch) or an Integrated Master’s qualification, you should apply for undergraduate supportMore Information
Postgraduate Student Loan (Scotland)
From session 2018-2019 eligible full-time students, undertaking an eligible postgraduate course, can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £5,500. Eligible part-time students can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £5,500 for the course, split across each year of their course, where the course does not take any longer than twice the length of the full-time equivalent course.
From session 2018-2019, new students will be eligible to apply for support to undertake postgraduate diploma and full masters’ level courses via distance learning.
Please see the Postgraduate funding guide.
For more information visit the SAAS websiteMore Information
Postgraduate Loans for Welsh Students
If you are a Welsh student looking to study a postgraduate programme in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a Welsh University.
Postgraduate Masters Loan
If you’re starting a masters degree*, you could get a Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,280 to help with course fees and living costs.
* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes
For more information visit Student Finance Wales
Postgraduate Doctoral Loan
If you’re starting a doctoral degree on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs.
For more information visit Student Finance Wales
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
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.
English language requirements
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.
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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
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We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries. Find out more about visa requirements, and the support we offer:
How to apply
You can download the application form and send us your completed application form with
- a copy of your academic qualification certificate
- a copy of your IELTS Score Report (if your first language is not English)
- a 500 word statement, outlining why you are applying to the programme.
Application form (pdf)
Please apply through Glasgow School of Art.
Standard application deadlines
- International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2019
- UK and EU applications: 25 August 2019
Classes start September 2019 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.