Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Medical Image Computing MSc
Options: PG Diploma
This programme stream is designed for students with a developed interest in the fundamental concepts and applications of computing in modern medicine. Students gain an understanding of medical imaging with advanced computational techniques to solve real-world clinical problems through lectures, problem-solving sessions, a research project and collaborative work.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible up to 5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- Overseas Part-time: £TBC
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students gain an understanding of the relatively new but growing area of medical image computing. In addition to studying core physics and engineering, students learn the principles and application of computer programming, image analysis, and computational modelling and scientific computing methods. The role of medical imaging for the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of disease is emphasised.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL is internationally recognised as a leading academic and clinical centre for medical imaging and medical image computing. The UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) is one of the largest research groups internationally in the field and is widely acknowledged as an internationally leading centre of excellence. Combined with the extensive expertise of staff in the UCL Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering, students on this programme receive comprehensive training in the latest methodologies and technologies from leaders in the field.
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.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project with a substantial computing content, which culminates in a written report of 10,000 words, a poster and an oral presesntation.
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, and the project dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
This programme is aimed at students with a first degree in physics, computer science, engineering, or a closely related subject, but those with other backgrounds may apply and are considered on individual merit. Successful candidates are expected to have a strong interest in medical imaging, have studied mathematics at least to A-level, and understand basic concepts in computing.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Medical Image Computing at graduate level
- why you want to study Medical Image Computing at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The department has a recognised track record for producing excellent graduates who go on to hold leading roles in universities, companies and hospitals around the world.
Top career destinations for this programme
- UCL, Research Associate, 2011
- Imperial College London, PhD in Medical Computing, 2010
- University of Nottingham, PhD in Mathematical Biology, 2009
- Pfizer Ltd., Radiation Physicist, 2011
- Procter & Gamble, Scientist, 2011
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.
"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
"UCL in itself, with its amazingly diversified biomedical research, is an endless source of ideal collaborators, most of which are world leading. There are by far more interesting projects than there is time to be able to carry them out."
Dr Alessandro Olivo
Professor of Applied Physics