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 across the world by the British Council.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £18,580 (FT)
- £18,580 (FT)
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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
A minimum of an upper-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 upper-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.
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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About this degree
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 the 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.
A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), is offered
- Ionising Radiation Physics: Interactions and Dosimetry
- Imaging with Ionising Radiation
- MRI and Biomedical Optics
- Ultrasound in Medicine
- Treatment with Ionising Radiation
- Clinical Practice
- Computing in Medicine
- MSc Research Project
- Professional Skills for Radiation Physics
There are no optional modules for this programme.
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
A large percentage of graduates from the online Master's programme commence or continue training or employment within the healthcare sector, mostly in UK and overseas hospitals. Online learning offers the ability to up-skill or re-skill in physics disciplines applied to medicine while also training or practising in the field.
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 who go on to hold leading roles in universities, companies and hospitals around the world.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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 University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as well as undertaking industrial contract research and technology transfer. The department is also a collaborator in the nearby London Proton Therapy Centre currently under construction.
Students have access to an exceptionally wide range of expertise, 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 Radiation Physics MSc is currently the only online MSc in radiation physics that is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
Department: Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering
Student / staff numbers
› 144 staff
including 110 postdocs
› 107 taught students
› 135 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
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
95% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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 far more interesting projects than there is time to be able to carry them out."
Professor Alessandro OlivoPhysics 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.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
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 Physics and Engineering in Medicine at graduate level
- why you want to study this UCL programme by distance learning
- 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.