We have active programmes of research covering a very broad range of topics in medical physics and biomedical engineering. The principal research groups are listed below - click on the image for more information.

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Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory (BORL)

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Centre for Medical Image Computation (CMIC)

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Continence and Skin Technology Group


Electrical Impedance Tomography

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Implanted Devices

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


Proton and Advanced Radiotherapy

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Radiation Physics


Biomedical Ultrasound Group


Advanced X-ray Imaging Group (AXIm)



Research publications from the Department are listed here.

REF 2014


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a periodic exercise conducted nationally to assess the quality of UK research and to inform the selective distribution of public funds for research by the four UK higher education funding bodies.

In the most recent exercise (REF 2014), 93% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent. Collectively, our research staff were reported under two units of assessment which achieved the second and fourth highest average scores out of 36 units submitted by UCL.

Knowledge Transfer

We are committed to research which impacts on patient care and well-being. We enthusiastically seek collaboration with clinicians and colleagues from other departments.

Our work is promoted in major national and international conferences and in major journals. Many members of the department are involved in public dissemination of their work in the media and other popular articles as well as promoting medical physics to schools.

We also actively seek industrial partnerships, both to ensure that our research is fully expoited and to identify new, challenging problems. This may be in the form of PhD CASE studentships, or higher level collaborations.