Physics and Engineering in Medicine by Distance Learning MSc

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

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
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 appropriately 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 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or other closely related discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Workplace knowledge and expertise are also considered.

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 engineering and physics principles that underpin modern medicine, and learn to apply their knowledge to established and emerging technologies in medical imaging and therapy. The programme covers the applications of both ionising and non-ionising radiation to the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of human disease and disorder, as well as covering the electronic and 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), flexible up to five years, is offered.

Core Modules

  • Interactions of Radiation with Matter
  • Imaging with Ionising Radiation
  • Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation
  • Clinical Practice
  • Treatment with Ionising Radiation
  • Optics in Medicine
  • Computing in Medicine
  • Viva module



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

Study material, including downloadable lecture podcasts, interactive tools and conventional lecture notes is delivered via Moodle, UCL's virtual learning environment. Students will have regular contact sessions with assigned UCL teaching staff. Assessment is through written examination, coursework and the research dissertation.

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

  • Research Scientist, Siemens Molecular Imaging (2013)
  • Medical Physicist, The London Clinic (2013)
  • Medical Physicist, The Royal Marsden Hospital (2013)
  • Research Associate, North Central London Research Consortium (2013)
  • PhD student, German Cancer Research Centre (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.

UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering 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 › 15 staff › 60 taught students › 110 research students

Department: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

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 engineering (although a physics degree is also acceptable) who wish to develop an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving in healthcare, and in particular those seeking employment as medical physicists or as biomedical engineers in hospital, industry or university environments.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 July 2015

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 with 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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  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
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