How It Works

Course structure

Students are required to successfully complete seven taught modules (15 credits each), undertake and pass a research project (60 credits) and pass a 45 minute oral viva examination (15 credits), conducted via teleconference through two UCL academic examiners at the end of their studies. This comprises 180 credits of the Radiation Physics stream from the campus-based MSc in Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Normally, students begin their first year or more of study by beginning with our core modules, upon which knowledge is built upon in future taught modules. These are MPHYG900, MPHYGB11 and MPHYGB30. In the first month of study in the first year, students begin with an induction module and meet the course team online to make an informed decision about module selection and timescales for completing the MSc by flexible study.

Credits can be built up over a period of up to 5 years, and indeed, some years can be deferred if this is necessary for career or personal reasons. Students who do not wish to complete a research project can register for a postgraduate diploma as an alternative.

Delivery Method

Study material includes downloadable lecture podcasts, interactive tools and quizzes and conventional lecture notes, made available to distance learning students via Moodle, UCL’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

Students have a dedicated MSc student tutor with whom they will be in contact through bespoke structured tutorial activities during the course of the year and in the build up to examinations in late April/May.

Examinations are sat normally at local British Council centres, and must be held on the same day as the London –based MSc course examinations. Students need to be able to travel to their local British Council centre on the day of the exam (in the UK, there are regional centres as well as the UCL exams in London).

The dates for these examinations are published in late March each year. Students will have a period of up to 6-8 weeks to arrange their availability for exams.

Research Project

Students are required to complete a research project, normally involving a practical, theoretical or computational component, and submit a dissertation of up to 10,000 words. This accounts for a third of the overall programme academic credits and is normally completed by students in the final year of the programme, beginning with a completed project proposal by early December.

Students will be asked to find a suitable local supervisor for their project near their home location, perhaps based at a local university, industry or hospital, who will work alongside a UCL supervisor over the duration of the research project. This process normally begins in the summer before the student undertakes the project.


The lecture material will be assessed through a mixture of written examinations and coursework. Exams will be taken at UCL approved locations around the world on the same day as the UCL examination in London. Oral assessments, such as the viva, and presentation, such as during the MSc project, will take place via Skype or an alternative teleconference facility. Coursework will be submitted via the Virtual Learning Environment.

Technology requirements

You will need access to a computer and an internet connection with moderate broadband capability. A skype account, which is free to set-up, is the preferred method for contact with the programme director or the MSc student tutor at appropriate points in the year.

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