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Contact details

Dr Dean Barrett

Email: enquiries@medphys.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0200

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging MSc

This MSc, established in 2010, brings together the existing programmes Radiation Physics and Biomedical Engineering & Medical Imaging into a new structure. Within the new MSc the two well-established streams still exist but additional programme options offer candidates a further degree of choice if they so wish.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme covers the ionising and non-ionising radiation forms used in medicine and applies it to the areas of imaging and treatment. Students gain an understanding of engineering and physics applied to medicine and medical science alongside knowledge of the physics, technology and clinical relevance of current medical imaging techniques.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The spectrum of medical physics activities undertaken in UCL Medical Physics and Bioengineering is probably the broadest of any in the United Kingdom.

The department operates alongside the NHS department which provides the medical physics service for the UCL Hospitals Trust, as well as undertaking industrial contract research and development and technology transfer to industry.

Students have access to an exceptionally wide range of workshop, laboratory and clinical facilities in the department and associated hospitals. A large range of scientific equipment is available for research involving nuclear magnetic resonance, optics, acoustics, X-rays, radiation dosimetry, and implant development.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Interactions of Radiation with Matter
  • Medical Imaging I
  • Medical Imaging II
  • Clinical Practice
  • Medical Electronics and Control


  • Aspects of Biomedical Engineering
  • Optics in Medicine
  • Computing in Medicine
  • Medical Devices and Applications


All MSc students undertake an independent research project within the broad area of Physics and Engineering in Medicine which culminates in a written report of 10,000 words and oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, practicals, hospital visits, and the research project. Lecturers are drawn from UCL and from London teaching hospitals including UCL, St. Bartholomew's, and the Royal Free Hospital. Assessment is through two-hour examination, coursework, the dissertation and an oral examination.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 31 July. Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in engineering (although a physics degree is also acceptable) who wish to develop an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving in healthcare, and in particular those seeking employment as medical physicists or as biomedical engineers in hospital, industry or university environments.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Physics and Engineering in Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Physics and Engineering in Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics in Engineering and Medicine (IPEM). It is therefore suitable for students wishing to undertake a career in clinical physics.

First destinations of recent graduates of the department include:

  • Ergodoni: Electronic Engineer
  • University of Istanbul: PhD Biomedical Engineering
  • General Hospital of Rhodes, Greece: Head of Technical Department
  • University College Hospital: Medical Technical Officer
  • Athens Animal Hospital: Animal Radiographer
  • Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust: Physicist
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital: Radiographer
  • Royal Marsden Hospital: Clinical Scientist
  • Institute of Cancer Research: PhD Student

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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