MSc in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

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 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

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.

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, London Film Festival, The BBC Proms and Notting Hill Carnival.

How to apply

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

MSc programmes start at the end of September and the annual deadline for applications is 31st July. We recommend overseas students apply no later than the end of June.

Fees for 2015/16 entry

UK/EU Full-time UK/EU Part-time Overseas Full-time Distance learning option
£10,765 £5,560 £22,350 £16,690 Pro rata


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

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