MSc in Medical Physics and Bioengineering

Our Masters courses


We offer a single MSc degree programme in Physics and Engineering in Medicine, which provides graduates with a thorough understanding of core topics in medical physics and bioengineering in addition to specialised training, through optional modules and project work, tailored to one of three streams:

Radiation Physics (RP) stream

Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging (BEMI) stream

Medical Image Computing (MIC) stream

In addition, there is off-campus delivery of the MSc through a distance learning version, currently specialising in the Radiation Physics stream. The distance learning programme was launched in 2011 and is equivalent to our campus-delivered course in terms of content, assessment and final qualification, but with learning outcomes achieved by means of video recordings from London, supplemented by webcam tutorials and other innovative e-learning technologies. Examinations can be sat at local approved examination centres around the world.

The MSc is intended for students with an undergraduate degree, from the UK or abroad, in a physical sciences or engineering subject, such as physics, engineering, computer science, or a related subject, and can be taken either as a one-year full-time course on campus, a two-year part-time course on campus, or as a flexible distance-learning course, normally over three to five years. Students wishing to take the Medical Image Computing stream can also choose flexible study over up to five years to complete the course. This option may be attractive to those working in industry who undertake parallel workplace training in this field.

The MSc course comprises modules assessed by examination, coursework, or a mixture of both. A key component of many modules is a research-led approach to teaching that enables students to learn from world-leading innovators and practitioners who relate theoretical aspects of the syllabus to emerging developments in the field. To augment this approach, students are required to complete a significant research project under supervision, working within one of our research groups or within a local hospital department or industrial environment.

For more information about any aspect of the MSc in Physics and Engineering in Medicine, please see our FAQ or contact us via email.

2013/14 Engineering Sciences Excellence Scholarships

To help gifted or skilled students deal with the current change in financial turbulence, UCL Engineering has recently offered a select number of scholarships worth around £ 2000 to those with a record of excellent academic or career achievement. These will be awarded to UK & EU Master's candidates across all nine departments within the faculty, at the discretion of the Vice-Dean (Education). All applications received before July 2014 will be considered for a Scholarship, and decisions will be made based on merit.

Studying at UCL

London is one of the world's greatest cities: exciting, vibrant, and with lots to offer in terms of student experience through an unrivalled choice of cultural and social experiences and events. UCL is located in Bloomsbury, in the central academic quarter of the city alongside the British Museum, yet only a short walk from many of the famous tourist, shopping and recreational attractions of the city. London was home to the 2012 Olympic Games, and routinely hosts internationally renowned sporting, political and cultural events.

How to apply

Please complete and submit an application form along with two references.

MSc programmes start at the end of September and application forms should be submitted ideally before the end of July. In some circumstances applications arriving after that date can still be considered.

2013-14 MSc Fees

UK/EU Full-time UK/EU Part-time Overseas Full-time Overseas Part-time Distance learning option
£10,500 £5,250 £21,000 £10,500 £15,750 Pro rata


Some funding may be available for eligible students. Please contact for further information.

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