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Medical Imaging MRes + MPhil/PhD

Our vision is to train the translational imaging research leaders of the future, filling a critical gap identified in academia, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, while delivering internationally competitive research. Our innovative training has a strong focus on new image acquisition technologies, novel data analysis methods and integration with computational modelling.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 4 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£4,915 (FT) £2,455 (PT)
£23,050 (FT) £11,800 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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 language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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In partnership with our NIHR Biomedical Research Centres & Unit, PhD projects will be strongly multi-disciplinary, bridging the gap between engineering, clinical sciences and industry. Over 100 non-clinical and clinical scientists across UCL will partner to co-supervise a new type of individual, ready to transform healthcare and build the future UK industry in this area.

Research areas

Our methodological research portfolio is focussed around six major themes, covering the development of the imaging instruments, image acquisition, reconstruction, analysis and computational modeling, and the creation of complex systems combining hardware and software for image-guided surgery and therapy. The six themes are:
  • Imaging Devices
  • Image Acquisition
  • Image Reconstruction
  • Image Analysis
  • Computational Modelling
  • Interventional Systems
Our four clinical research programmes are:
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Neuroimaging
  • Cancer Imaging
  • Image Analysis
  • Infection and Inflammation Imaging
More information can be found on the department website: Medical Imaging MRes + MPhil/PhD

Degree structure

The MRes year consists of compulsory units and transferable skills (135 credits) and further optional modules (45 credits). The MRes project is a compulsory element and often (but not necessarily) forms the basis for PhD research. Students will be provided with a list of available projects before enrolment which will be subject to a selection process.

Advanced electives are available to all students in years two and three (MPhil and PhD) and are designed to enhance learning and skills.

Students are registered for the MPhil degree from year two and transfer to PhD status.


Please visit the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging website for current funding information.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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.


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.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has significant activity in medical and biomedical imaging ans several centres of excellence in their own right, which form part of the newly formed ImagingSciences@UCL. UCL currently holds over 40% of the EPSRC funding portfolio in medical imaging, more than any other university.

Department: Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering

Student / staff numbers › 144 staff including 110 postdocs › 107 taught students › 135 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"With its location in the heart of London, and close proximity to a wide range of internationally leading research and clinical institutes, UCL is an ideal centre for multidisciplinary work, and our projects have benefitted hugely from this. "

Professor Clare Elwell

CoMPLEX, Medical Physics and Bioengineering, Centre Doctoral Training in Biomedical Imaging
Professor of Medical Physics

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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