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Contact details

Dr Martin Fry

Email: msc-enquiries@medphys.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0200

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£15,750 (Pro-rata)

Overseas 2013/14:

£15,750 (Pro-rata)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

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 by Distance Learning MSc

The Physics and Engineering in Medicine by Distance Learning MSc has been developed to take account of the educational and training needs of people around the world, either in, or wishing to enter, medical physics and bioengineering.

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?

Distance learning offers a number of benefits. It removes the restrictions and costs of relocation to London whilst providing the same UCL qualification as on-campus students. The programme offers flexible learning to fit around busy lives and careers.

The programme is delivered through structured modular courses in easy-to-follow packages in an intuitive virtual learning environment. Students are able to replay lecture material as often as they wish, have access to UCL's extensive digital libraries 24 hours a day, and have opportunities to network with classmates around the world.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Part-time 2 years (flexible up to 5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits) four option modules (60 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, part-time two years, flexible up to five years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time two years, flexible up to five years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Ionising Radiation Physics: Interactions and Dosimetry
  • Medical Imaging I
  • Medical Imaging II


  • Clinical Practice
  • Treatment with Ionising Radiation
  • Medical Electronics and Control
  • Bioengineering
  • Optics in Medicine
  • Computing in Medicine
  • Medical Devices and Applications


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of up to 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

Study material, including downloadable lecture podcasts, interactive tools and conventional lecture notes is delivered via Moodle, UCL's virtual learning environment. Students will have regular contact sessions with an assigned UCL academic tutor and will interact with other students through subject forums and group projects. Assessment is through written examination, coursework and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally 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.

If your qualification, although otherwise acceptable, is of lower standard, you may be admitted if evidence of an adequate academic background and experience in an appropriate field can be shown. In certain instances, applicants may be required to pursue the programme over an extended period of time (including a qualifying year enrolled for Graduate Diploma) and/or pass a qualifying examination before being registered for the degree programme.

You will need access to a computer and internet connection.

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 6 September 2013. 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: Biomedical Engineering PhD
  • 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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