Physics and Engineering in Medicine by Distance Learning MSc

This programme pathway is identical to the campus-delivered Radiation Physics stream but is designed for students who are unable to travel to London because of their work duties or international location. Teaching is delivered for each module via video lectures, top-up online tutorials and additional e-learning resources, with coursework and supervised examinations which are arranged locally.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Flexible: up to 5 years
  • Distance learning: available

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£17,190 (FT) £N/A (PT)
£17,190 (FT) £N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for part-time study are charged at approximately half the full-time Master's fee. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in physics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or other closely related discipline. Workplace knowledge and expertise are also considered. Applicants with a lower than second-class degree may be invited for a short online interview with programme tutors as part of their application process.

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 study in detail the physics theory and practice that underpins modern medicine, and learn to apply their knowledge to established and emerging technologies in medical science. The programme covers the applications of both ionising and non-ionising radiation to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease and disorder, and includes a research project and development of computational skills needed to apply this theory into practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, eight core modules (120 credits), is offered.

Core Modules

  • Clinical Practice
  • Computing in Medicine
  • Ionising Radiation Physics: Interactions & Dosimetry
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Biomedical Optics
  • Medical Imaging (Ionising)
  • Research Project
  • Treatment with Ionising Radiation
  • Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Viva module


  • No optional modules are available for this pathway.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a research report of up to 10,000 words, a poster and an oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, assignments and a research project. Lecturers are drawn from UCL and from London teaching hospitals including UCLH, St. Bartholomew's, and the Royal Free Hospital. Assessment is through supervised examination, coursework and assignments, a research dissertation and an oral examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Physics and Engineering in Medicine by Distance Learning 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.


The MSc programme has been accredited for many years by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and the department is working towards ensuring compliance with the new IPEM accreditation standards published in early 2014.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD Bioengineering, Imperial College London (2013)
  • Clinical Scientist, Royal Surrey County Hospital (2013)
  • PhD Medical Image Computing, UCL (2013)
  • Medical Physicist, The London Clinic (2013)
  • Trainee Physicist, Siemens Molecular Imaging (2013)


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 department has a recognised track record for producing excellent graduates that go on to hold leading roles in universities, companies and hospitals around the world.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The spectrum of medical physics activities undertaken in UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering is probably the broadest of any in the United Kingdom. The department is widely acknowledged as an internationally leading centre of excellence and students 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 and clinical engineering services for the UCL Hospitals Trust, as well as undertaking industrial contract research and technology transfer.

Students have access to an exceptionally wide range of workshop, laboratory, teaching 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 physics, radiation dosimetry, and implant and interventional device development. The new London Proton Therapy Centre is being built nearby.

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

Department: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL in itself, with its amazingly diversified biomedical research, is an endless source of ideal collaborators, most of whom are world leading. There are by fay more interesting projects than there is time to be able to carry them out."

Dr Alessandro Olivo

Physics and Engineering in Medicine 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 is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in physics (although an engineering degree is also acceptable) who wish to develop an interdisciplinary approach to applying their skills in healthcare, and in particular for those seeking employment as medical physicists in hospital, industry or university environments.

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 Physics and Engineering in Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study this programme at UCL
  • whether you have relevant industrial, clinical or workplace experience
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally after your degree
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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