Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering



Learn from world-class researchers in the field of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
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Our undergraduate students are taught in small, intimate classes by the leading experts in their field, many of whom have active collaborations with clinicians and scientists in nearby teaching hospitals.

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Postgraduate Taught

Our postgraduate taught degrees are offered both as a traditional on-campus course and via distance-learning. Students can specialize in Radiation Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Medical Image Computing. 


Postgraduate Research

Our PhD programme involves 3–4 years of original research supervised by a senior member of the department. At any one time, the department has around 60–80 PhD students from a variety of disciplines.

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Engineering Foundation Year

Embrace this opportunity to become a future engineer, on a programme designed for those who don’t meet standard entry requirements for UCL’s undergraduate engineering degrees.

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Careers and Employability

Find out where a degree in Medical Physics or Biomedical Engineering could take you!

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Student Experience

Discover the many sides of life as a UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering student

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Meet our Alumni

Read interviews and profiles of our alumni to find out what comes after a degree in our department.

What is Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering?

The two disciplines, based ultimately either on the application of physics or engineering to medical sciences, have been a driving force behind many medical developments we take for granted today — and continues to push the boundary for healthcare.  
Biomedical engineers and medical physicists create innovative tools for medical purposes, such as stethoscopes, thermometers, prosthetics, defibrillators, and implanted devices such as pacemakers.

Crucially, these disciplines provide the ever-developing ability to see inside the body using x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and many other imaging modalities. At UCL's Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, we have used functional near-infrared spectroscopy imaging to improve outcomes for babies born very prematurely in Gambia, developed a new precision technology to target prostate cancer, and uncovered messages on ancient Egyptian mummies using multispectral imaging, allowing texts to be deciphered without damaging the artifact.