Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: up to 5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £10,765 (FT)
- £22,350 (FT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
Normally a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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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.
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.
- Interactions of Radiation with Matter
- Imaging with Ionising Radiation
- Imaging with Non-ionising Radiation
- Clinical Practice
- Programming Foundations of Medical Image Analysis
- Information Processing for Medical Imaging
- Image Processing
- Students choose one of the following:
- Image-directed Therapy and Analysis
- Computational Modelling for Biomedical Imaging
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.
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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 degree
- Research Associate, UCL (2011)
- PhD in Medical Computing, Imperial College London (2010)
- PhD in Mathematical Biology, University of Nottingham (2009)
- Radiation Physicist, Pfizer Ltd. (2011)
- Scientist, Procter & Gamble (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.
Why 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.
Student / staff ratios › 15 staff › 60 taught students › 110 research students
Department: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
"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 OlivoSubject: I am the module organiser for Imaging with Ionizing Radiation for our Physics and Engineering in Medicine MSc, which has a number of different streams. Like most academics in the department, I also offer a number of student projects for the same programme. I supervise quite a few PhD students, and I am one of the supervisors on the Medical and Biomedical Imaging Doctoral Training Programme.
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?
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.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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