Medical Physics and Bioengineering MPhil/PhD


Research areas:

  • Biomedical optics
  • Biomedical Ultrasound
  • Computing, digital image processing
  • Continence and skin technology
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Implanted devices
  • Laser and endoscopic surgery
  • Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy
  • Medical imaging including 3D graphics
  • Neurophysiology including electrical impedance tomography
  • Physiological sensing
  • Radiation physics

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IRIS department: Dept of Medical Phys & Bioengineering


Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or another closely related discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Knowledge and expertise gained in the workplace may also be considered, where appropriate.

English level expected: Standard

Application

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

Scholarships available for this department

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China.

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


Career

As a multi-disciplinary subject at the interface of physics, engineering, life sciences and computer science, our postgraduate students have a diverse range of options upon graduation. Many choose to continue in academia through the subsequent award of a PhD studentship or a postdoctoral research post, either at UCL or another university. Another common career route is employment in industry where newly-acquired skills are applied to science and engineering projects within multi-national medical device companies, or alternatively, within small-scale start-up enterprises. A substantial number of graduates also enter the NHS or private healthcare sector to work as a clinical scientist or engineer upon completion of further clinical training.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • University of Cambridge, Research Associate, 2011
  • Nikon Metrology, Applied Physicist, 2011
  • UCL, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011
  • UCLH, Researcher, 2010
  • Phillips Research, Research Scientist, 2009

Employability

Postgraduate study within the department offers the chance to develop important skills and acquire new knowledge through involvement with a team of scientists or engineers working in a world-leading research group. Graduates complete their study having gained new scientific or engineering skills applied to solving problems at the leading edge of human endeavour. Skills associated with project management, effective communication and teamwork are also refined in this high-quality working environment.

Networking

Supervision and mentorship are available from world-leading scientists and engineers who have collaborate nationally and internationall across clinical, industrial and academic sectors. This provides natural opportunities to work in collaboration with a variety of external partners and showcase output at international conferences, private industry events and clinical centres to audiences of potential employers. Moreover, the department holds close working relationships with a number of charitable, research council and international organisations, for example, in new projects involving radiotherapy and infant optical brain imaging in Africa.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Mohini Nair

T: +44 (0)20 7679 0253

Department

Medical Physics & Bioengineering

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Student View

"The access to industry I have gained at UCL has been particularly valuable: I managed to secure funding from the UCL Graduate School to spend one month in a proton therapy centre in the USA. This was vital as part of my work as we currently do not have such facilities or expertise in the UK."

Paul Doolan

Degree: Medical Physics PhD

Alumni View

"The contacts I made through UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering, in which I studied, provided numerous opportunities for career progression. I chose to follow a career in industry, but remaining in academia or working in healthcare were also very plausible options."

Dr Ben Price

Applied Physicist, Nikon Metrology, 2011