MSc in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Our Masters courses


MSc in Physics and Engineering in Medicine:

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 biomedical engineering 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

MSc in Physics and Engineering in Medicine (distance learning):

This programme was launched in the Autumn term of 2011, and produced its first graduates in 2014. It is normally completed over 2-4 years, with a fifth year as contingency. The MSc degree by distance-learning (DL) is an off-campus delivery of the Radiation Physics stream and involves completing the same examinations, coursework and project stages as the campus-based MSc students on the RP stream. Lectures are delivered by online content, normally through videos of the lectures coupled with support resources. There is a bespoke tutorial system for distance learning students led by a dedicated MSc student tutor. For more information, please click on the link above.

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The MSc also boasts IPEM accreditation, that signifies that the course graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills for the medical physics or biomedical engineering workplace, be that in industrial, healthcare or academic environments.

It 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. 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 at

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 routinely hosts internationally renowned sporting, political and cultural events such as the 2012 Olympics, the annual London Film Festival, the world famous BBC Proms and multi-cultural festival, the Notting Hill Carnival.

Entry requirements

We generally require a 2:1 in a relevant undergraduate degree such as physics or an engineering discipline for entry.  We do accept applicants with a 2:2 degree, or with considerable workplace or related healthcare qualifications, but we may ask such applicants to meet online with the admissions tutor or a member of the course team for guidance on preparation for studying on our MSc once they have applied.  

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How to apply

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

MSc programmes start at the end of September and the deadline for applications for 2016/17 is midnight on 27th July 2016. We recommend overseas students apply no later than the end of June.

Fees for 2016/17 entry

UK/EU Full-time UK/EU Part-time Overseas Full-time Distance learning option
£11,090 £5,725 £23,020 £17,190 Pro rata

Scholarships and Funding

At UCL we value the power of education and for that reason we are striving to enable and promote high quality students to pursue a Master's degree in Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Below you can find a useful list of funding option links:


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