Advanced Neuroimaging MSc

This MSc is specifically aimed at those pursuing a professional career in neuroimaging, either in clinical practice or in neuroscience research. This multi-disciplinary programme provides training in both the basic scientific and technological principles of modern neuroimaging methods, and in their application to understand neurological function and neurological disorders. Study be distance learning is also available.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Distance learning: available

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£10,130 (FT) £5,035 (PT)
£24,400 (FT) £12,310 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

Entry Requirements

A first or second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Students with other qualifications may also be admitted if they possess relevant experience in a field related to neuroradiology and/or medical physics.

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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Degree Information

Students will develop a foundational knowledge of neuroanatomy, understand the principles and main technical aspects of neuroimaging instrumentation and data acquisition, basic image processing and image analysis techniques, and gain a good working knowledge of modern methods for scientific and clinical investigation of the human nervous system using neuroimaging.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Introductory Science and Methods
  • Imaging Modalities
  • Advanced Imaging
  • Foundational Neuroanatomy, Systems and Disease
  • Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging I
  • Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging II
  • Please note: every face-to-face module has a distance learning equivalent with alternative learning activities.


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word project, and a laboratory research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught by lectures and workshops delivered by experts in various clinical and technical fields of neuroimaging. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentations, research project, dissertation and viva voce. Distance learning students may spend up to three months in London carrying out the research project and receiving relevant training and mentoring. Alternatively they may carry out an extended systematic review of the literature related to a chosen field within neuroimaging. In exceptional circumstances students may carry out the research project remotely if they are based at a hospital with established research links with Principal Investigators at the UCL Institute of Neurology.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Advanced Neuroimaging MSc


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


Graduates of the programme will have developed the necessary knowledge and skills essential for a future research career in the areas of neuroradiology, imaging neuroscience or neuroimaging technology.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Full-time funded PhD student, UCL Institute of Neurology (2012)
  • Full-time PhD student, UCL Institute of Child Health (2011)
  • Full-time funded PhD student, McGill University, Montreal (2012)
  • Radiographer, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2011)
  • Radiologist Research Fellow, University College Hospital, London (2012)


Students on this programme are immersed in a world-class clinical and scientific environment, taught by leading experts in the field. For clinicians, and professions allied to healthcare, the programme will equip them with a sound understanding of neuroimaging techniques. For medical physicists it will enable them to develop their theoretical understanding in an internationally renowned centre. A number of high-achieving students on the programme will be offered the opportunity to undertake a paid internship at a London-based company which runs neuroimaging clinical trials.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The focus of this degree is neuroimaging of neurological disease. Together with our associated hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UCL Institute of Neurology promotes research that is of direct clinical relevance to improved patient care and treatment.

With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the institute is a unique national resource for postgraduate training in neurology, its associated disciplines and the basic neurosciences. During their time at Queen Square students will have the opportunity to contribute to world-leading research and have access to cutting-edge neuroimaging facilities.

Student / staff ratios › 150 staff › 160 taught students › 400 research students

Department: Institute of Neurology

Degree reviews

Student review

"UCL is one of the very top ranked universities in the world and is number two in the world for neuroscience, producing 65 % of the UK's neuroimaging papers. Therefore it made sense to study in a setting with world leaders in that field. Additionally UCL offered my degree as a part-time option which allowed me to carry on working whilst investing in my future. Finally, UCL is located in the centre of London which was very convenient for travelling to."

Tara Noone

Advanced Neuroimaging MSc

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.

Who can apply?

The programme appeals particularly, but not exclusively, to those from clinical radiography or physics, biomedical engineering and neuroscience backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in neuroimaging research.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Advanced Neuroimaging at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • in what ways you think your academic, clinical or professional background might help you meet the demands of this programme;
  • how you think this degree might fit into your academic, clinical or professional career plans
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.


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