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Postgraduate Research

With a Postgraduate Research degree, you will become part of a Department of leading researchers and work towards becoming an expert in your chosen field.

Postgraduate study within the Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering 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. Following a Postgraduate Research degree, our students have entered a number of varied careers. Many choose to continue in academic research with a postdoctoral post, enter the NHS or private healthcare sector, or apply their skills in industry. 

Postgraduate Research Degrees

PhD research student in lab

Medical Physics and Bioengineering MPhil/PhD

From radiation physics and neurophysiology to wearable electronics and medical devices, the Department offers a varied range of research themes for students to pursue with an MPhil or PhD, with funded studentships available regularly.

Medical Imaging researcher

Medical Imaging MRes + MPhil/PhD

The i4health Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) offers this programme consisting of a taught 1-year MRes followed by a 3-year PhD related to AI-powered medical imaging. The CDT also offers funded studentships in interdisciplinary research with direct clinical applications.

Research Excellence

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 rated the department’s research as 95% 4* ("world-leading") or 3* ("internationally excellent"), and UCL was the top-rated university in the UK for research strength. You can learn more about our core research groups, affiliated institutions and funded centres of excellence on our Research page, or read our Annual Report.