Our degree programmes
Although we are a large medical physics and biomedical engineering department, we are relatively small in terms of numbers of undergraduate students. This has the advantage of smaller, more intimate class sizes, and also means that our staff are research active, so that students can learn about the latest innovations from leading experts in their field. Your lecturers are also likely to have active collaborations with clinicians and scientists in the nearby hospitals, so that students can learn about new applications and how they benefit patients.
We offer both a BSc and a more in-depth four-year MSci in medical physics. Your first two years of study will be taught mostly in the Department of Physics and Astronomy along with other physics students, although you will also study introductory medical physics. These two years are identical for both programmes and you can transfer between them up to the end of the second year. We advise applying for the MSci initially which makes it easier to defer your decision.
During years three and four, you will be based within the Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering. You will select three medical physics modules each year and, in your final year, will work on a major project with one of the department’s research groups. Our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics providing the first step to chartered physicist status.
We also offer degree programmes in Biomedical Engineering, including a 3-year BEng and a 4-year MEng.
Both include core engineering modules which
emphasise interdisciplinarity and practical problem solving as well as
advanced specialised modules from biomedical engineering. Both
programmes include a significant research project.
Once you have graduated a wide range of career paths will be open to you. The first thing to note is that studying Medical Physics or Biomedical Engineering doesn’t commit you to a career in that area. Physicists and engineers are numerate, logical, problem solvers and there is a demand for people who have developed such skills in a wide range of careers. If, however, you want a career in Medical Physics or Biomedical Engineering, there are three main paths. First, you can train in the National Health Service. Second, you can follow a career in industry: MRI scanners, radiotherapy equipment, and physiological monitoring equipment, for example, all need researching, developing, manufacturing, supplying and maintaining - jobs for Medical Physicists. Third, you may pursue a career in research, probably first by taking a higher degree – an MSc or a PhD.
School students potentially interested in our degree programmes are welcome to attend one of the open days, which provide an opportunity to visit the Department and meet some of our staff and students.
Studying at UCL
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How to apply
To join one of our undergraduate degrees, prospective students need to apply through UCAS. UCL provides full details here.
Frequently asked questions
- We maintain a list of FAQ here.