Course Information and Making an Application


Fees are charged on a pro-rata basis for the distance learning programme. The annual fee is applied and levied according to the number of academic credits that are attempted, for the first time, in each academic year. The whole programme fee for distance learning for 2015-16 is £16,690.

The annual charge is calculated as the fraction of the overall 180 MSc credits that are attempted for the first time in that year of study multiplied by the programme fee for that year. So if a student takes 3 taught modules (45 credits) in the first year, the fee will be a quarter of the annual MSc charge (for the full 180 credits), or £4,172.50 for that year.

The annual fee can be assumed to rise at approximately 3% per annum. Thus, the next year of pro-rata fees would be charged at a slightly higher rate if another 3 taught modules were taken. There is no charge for re-sitting modules that need to be taken with a second attempt.


A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate physics or engineering subject, awarded with a first or second-class Uk honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from an educational institution of university status is required. If your qualification, although otherwise acceptable, is of slightly lower standard when ranked , you may be admitted if evidence can be produced of an adequate academic background in a related field, such as mathematics or healthcare science. Workplace experience in an appropriate field is also highly valued and can significantly improve the strength of applications where the entry criteria are not quite met. An interview may be requested in order to receive a place on the course.

If you are unsure about the appropriateness of your Bachelors degree subject, then please contact the programme director at

“Standard” English proficiency is required for this programme, which means an IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Equivalent grades for other accepted English assessments are found here


The course teaches the scientific theory and clinical applications behind all major forms of ionising and non-ionising radiation used in medicine, for the purposes of medical imaging, patient monitoring or treatment.

A full list of the available MSc modules available by distance learning is given below:

Module 1: Ionising Radiation Physics: Interactions and Dosimetry (MPHYGB30)

This module covers the interaction of different charged and electromagnetic ionising radiations with matter and provides an introduction to the detection and quantification of the resultant energy deposited in materials.

Module 2: Medical Imaging with Ionising Radiation (MPHYGB11)

This module covers the scientific theory behind the diagnostic use of ionising radiation in medicine. The modules also include a breakdown of the workings and design of the components of each common component of an imaging system, and describe the major clinical applications. The associated topic of image processing is also covered.

Module 3: Ultrasound in Medicine (MPHYG900)

This module covers the science behind diagnostic Ultrasound in Medicine. It includes a look at the design of Ultrasound imaging systems and direct applications in a hospital setting. 

Module 4: Clinical practice (MPHYGB32)

This module teaches the basic human anatomy and physiology, as well as electrical safety principles that are required to understand how to safely apply technological components to the human body. This module contains a coursework component.

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 6: Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Biomedical Optics (MPHYG910)

This module covers the scientific theory behind magnetic resonance imaging, from exciting a basic signal, to advanced imaging techniques like functional MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging. All aspects of optics in medicine are covered, from light interactions with tissue, to the technological principles behind different types of light source used in medicine, to clinical applications at both the routine and the research level, and finally safety aspects. This module contains a coursework component.

Module 7: Computing in medicine (MPHYGB27)

This module covers the most common clinical requirements of computing through both taught knowledge and practical skills. Image data handling is explained, including image file formats, data storage and archiving, and a range of techniques for image processing in medical applications is investigated. The remainder of the course teaches MATLAB programming through coursework and introduces students to a hands-on approach to programming.

Module 8 The Research Project (MPHYGB97)

This is a one year project which involves completing a significant amount of practical work from December to August. It will be overseen by a named first supervisor based at UCL, with whom the aims, objectives, and proposed methods must be agreed. A second supervisor is also appointed for each project to oversee local activity. The research project includes performing a literature review as well as undertaking practical, analytical, computational or theoretical work, and writing this up as a research report of 10,000 words or less. A poster presentation and a project talk are also required as part of the project module activities.

Module 9 The Viva Module (MPHYGB31)

This module is taken at the end of the MSc programme and is a 45 minute oral examination covering taught content across the whole MSc degree, assessed by two UCL academics. A preparation resource has been created to assist the students in developing the appropriate critical and evaluation skills to problem solve and provide informed discussion across common themes linking together the modules. This skill is a true test of student performance at Masters level and is highly appropriate for use in later job interviews and scientific debate


The MSc course consists of 7 taught modules, a viva and a research project worth 60 credits. This forms a total of 180 credit units.

Taught modules: Each module consists of a supervised closed-book examination of varying duration, with some also including coursework to be completed during the year. The pass mark is 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 credits and has a pass mark of 50%.

Viva: The oral examination tests both understanding of the taught modules only and for assessment purposes is equivalent to one 15 credit module.

Award of Pass: An overall mark of 50% is required. The research project must be passed at 50% The viva and taught modules must all be passed at 50%, although 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. The student may submit their highest mark from two attempts, should a re-sit be taken.

Award of Merit: A pass with merit will be awarded to a candidate who has achieved an average mark of at least 60% and a mark of 65% or more in the dissertation. No re-sits can be taken, or condoned marks accepted.

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 re-sits can be taken, or condoned marks accepted.

Resits: A fail in any component requires a resit the following year. One re-sit attempt is permitted by module.