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Physics and Engineering in Medicine MSc

This MSc programme is designed for students with an interest in the physics and engineering aspects of technology that are applied in modern medicine.

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL prospectus site.

Course 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 patient monitoring. The programme covers the engineering applications across the diagnosis and measurement of the human body and its physiology, as well as the electronic and computational skills needed to apply this theory in practice.

After applying to the MSc programme, students choose one of three specialised streams:

  • Radiation Physics (RP)*
  • Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging (BEMI) 
  • Medical Image Computing (MIC) 

*Accredited by the UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). Available for both campus and distance-learning deliveries.

Students can study the MSc, completing 180 credits (120 taught course credits and 60 credit research project) or the Postgraduate Diploma, completing 120 credits (120 taught course credits). 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. Module selection depends on the stream being studied and the desired career path.

Stream selection takes place after programme induction (not during the application stage). In selecting routes and optional modules, students will be guided by the programme director and academic staff members.

MSc Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Radiation Physics

This programme is particularly suitable for students with an interest in radiation physics and cancer radiotherapy. The typical student on this programme has a BSc(Hons) in Physics, and wants to become a hospital-based clinical scientist.

IPEM accredited masters programme

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules

This IPEM-accredited programme has a fixed diet. A non-accredited version of the stream is available with optional modules.

MSc Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging

This programme is particularly suitable for students with an interest in applying engineering skills to medical problems. The typical student on this stream has a BEng(Hons) in Mechincal Engineering, and wants to become a biomedical engineer working in industry or research. 

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules

MSc Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Medical Image Computing

This programme is particularly suitable for students with good computing skills, and an interest in medical imaging and AI. The typical student on this stream has a BTech in Computer Science & Engineering or a degree in a similar subject. They may want to go on to undertake a PhD, and work in a research lab within academia or research.

Compulsory Modules

Optional Modules

Dissertation/report

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. 

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