Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


MSc/PG Dip in Physics & Engineering in Medicine

MSc Campus Tutor: Dr Martin Fry

MSc by Distance Learning Tutor: Mr Billy Dennis

This MSc has its origins going back to 1958, where it was founded by two University of London Professors, John Eric Roberts and the Nobel laureate Sir Joseph Rotblat Students study the physics theory and practice that underpins modern medicine, and learn to apply their knowledge to established and emerging technologies in medical science. The programme covers the applications of both ionising and non-ionising radiation to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease and disorder, and includes research project, workplace skills development and computational skills needed to apply this theory into practice. The MSc Research Project provides an opportunity to conduct research supervised by the department’s world leading academics. The Research Excellence Framework in 2014 rated the department’s research as 95% 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’) and UCL was the top-rated university in the UK for research strength. Students will be joining the largest group of biomedical engineers in the UK.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact Website.

Masters students can tailor their studies to one of three specialised streams:

  • Radiation Physics (RP)
  • Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging (BEMI)
  • Medical Image Computing (MIC)

The aim of our MSc programme is to provide a theoretical and practical knowledge base for those with an interest in developing an inter-disciplinary approach to science and engineering applied to healthcare, with particular emphasis on those seeking careers as medical physicists or biomedical engineers in hospital, industry or university employment sectors.
A selected pathway of taught modules of the Radiation Physics stream is accredited by the UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).  This pathway is available for both the campus and distance-learning deliveries of the MSc.


Distance Learning

The MSc by Distance Learning won UCL teaching awards in 2013 and 2014 and is the only distance learning medical physics course in the UK accredited by IPEM. The course was launched in Autumn 2011, produced its first graduates in 2014, currently has 8 graduates and 25 students completing their multi-year studies. The programme is completely flexible to suit personal circumstances and is normally completed over 3-4 years, with a fifth year available as contingency.
More information can be found here.

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