Course Information

Fees

Provisional fees for the 2011/2012 academic period only are £12950

Eligibility

A UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, awarded with first or second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or educational institution of university rank is required.

If your qualification, although otherwise acceptable, is of lower standard, you may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and experience in an appropriate field can be shown. In certain instances, applicants may be required to pursue the programme over an extended period of time (including a qualifying year enrolled for Graduate Diploma) and/or pass a qualifying examination before being registered for the degree programme.

If you are unsure about the appropriateness of your Bachelors degree subject, then please contact us distance-enquiries@medphys.ucl.ac.uk

English Proficiency requirements are given here

Syllabus

The course covers all forms of ionising and non-ionising radiation commonly used in medicine and applies it to the areas of imaging and treatment. The course can be studied part time over two years or flexibly for upto five years.

All students will study the core modules MPHYGB14 (Ionising Radiation Physics), MPHYGB10 and MPHYGB11 (Medical Imaging) at the beginning of the course. This constitutes the first year of study for students on our 2 year track. Modules MPHYGB19 (Treatment with ionising radiation), MPHYGB27 (Computing in Medicine), MPHYGB21 (Bioengineering) and MPHYM886 (Optics in Medicine) are currently available for the second year of the 2 year track, with other modules becoming available during the 2012/2013 session.

A full list of all our Department's MSc modules is given below:

Module 1: Ionising Radiation Physics: Interactions and Dosimetry (MPHYGB14)

This module covers the interaction of different radiations with matter and provides the basic material about the detection and quantification of the energy deposited in materials.

Modules 2 and 3 : Medical Imaging (MPHYGB10 and MPHYGB11)

These module cover imaging using ionising and non-ionising radiation and provides the basic theory behind the imaging techniques. It also includes a breakdown of the components of each imaging system, and describes the clinical applications of each method. The associated topics of image processing and assessment are also covered since the principles involved find wide application throughout this technology.

Module 4: Clinical practice (MPHYGB17)

This module covers the information that is essential for an understanding of the clinical physics working environment. It covers basic anatomy and physiology as well as the various safety aspects of medical physics, for example, electrical, chemical and biological hazards.

Module 5: Treatment with ionising radiation (MPHYGB19)

This module broadly covers the application of radiation to the therapeutic treatment of patients. It ranges from the technical aspects of generating the radiation, to the biological effects of that radiation on the tissue and then considers, in detail, state-of-the-art radiotherapy techniques.

Module 7: Medical electronics and control (MPHYGB20)

This module provides foundation knowledge from the disciplines of electronic engineering, signal processing and control theory.

Module 6: Bioengineering (MPHYGB21)

An overview of biomaterials, biomechanics and tissue engineering is described, with clinical examples. Both current and future applications are considered.

Module 8: Optics in medicine (MPHYM886)

All aspects of optics in medicine are covered, from light interactions with tissue, to different types of light sources, to clinical applications at both the routine and the research level, and finally safety aspects.

Module 9: Computing in medicine (MPHYGB27)

This module covers the most common clinical requirements of computing and provides both taught knowledge and practical skills. Image data handling is explained, including image file formats, data storage and archiving, and image processing. The remainder of the course teaches Matlab and introduces students to a hands-on approach to programming.

Module 10: Medical devices and applications (MPHYGB22)

This module illustrates how the foundation knowledge of bioengineering is used in the provision of clinical services. Topics include EEG/ECG/EMG, respiratory measurement, rehabilitation engineering and aspects relating to medical devices.

Assessment


The MSc course consists of 7 taught modules, with one core module worth 30 credit units and all others worth 15 credit units, plus a research project worth 60 credits. This forms a total of 180 credit units.

Taught modules: Each module consists of a 2 hour exam or coursework with a pass mark of 50%.

Research project: the project is assessed via a combination of continuous assessment and a dissertation of up to 10,000 words. It is worth 60 credit units and has a pass mark of 50%.

Viva: The oral examination tests both the understanding of the research project and of the overall course.

Award of Pass: An overall mark of 50% is required. The taught modules, the research project and the viva must all be passed at 50%. A mark of between 40 and 50% can be condoned on two of the taught modules providing the average mark across all taught modules is 50% or greater.

Award of Distinction: A Distinction will be awarded to a candidate who has achieved an average mark of at least 70% and a mark of 70% or more in the dissertation. No mark of distinction will normally be awarded to a candidate who has failed any component of the examination.

Resits: A fail in any component requires a resit the following year.

The Overall Result: If the student achieves a mark of 50% in each of the written examinations and also passes both the oral and the report, then a PASS is recorded. A mark greater than 70% in the written examinations and a correspondingly good performance in the report and oral, will result in a PASS WITH DISTINCTION. A fail in the written examinations will require a resit the following year and another oral. If found acceptable the first time around, the student may be exempted from resubmitting the report.

A fail in the report only (which should not happen if close contact is maintained with the advisor) will also require resubmission the following year.

Enquiries

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