Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering



Medphys Careers

A qualification in Medical Physics or Biomedical Engineering opens the door to a wide range of careers. All of our courses are designed to give our students broad training in physics, with a specialism in medical physics or biomedical engineering. 

We also hold an annual Careers Event that involves talks from former students on their chosen career and how they got there. View our 2017 programme here.

Explore possible careers and the support available to get you there.

What career options are there for our graduates?

There are a multitude of careers that are open to our graduates, no matter where their interest and skills lie. Broadly, there are three sectors:

  • Research and Academia
  • Clinical Science in the NHS
  • Working in Industry

Research and Academia

There are numerous careers within research and academia that you can pursue as one of our graduates. Careers in this field typically require a PhD.

A PhD is a three-year or four-year research degree. Our department currently has around 70 PhD students, involved in many different areas of research. A PhD degree often leads to a career in academia (initially as a postgraduate researcher and then a university lecturer), but is also recognised as a valuable step towards careers in the NHS or in industry. Details about our PhD programme are available by clicking here.

Clinical Science in the NHS

Thousands of medical physicists and biomedical engineers work in the NHS, doing a wide range of jobs all aimed at using physics and engineering to diagnose, treat and manage illness. The range of tasks is broad, but often include developing new techniques for imaging and radiotherapy, ensuring medical equipment is working optimally, and research and development.

To explore career paths in the NHS, visit the Health Careers website.

Working in Industry

Our graduates have found employment in a broad range of medical physics and biomedical engineering related industries. It is possible to start such careers at any level, after successfully completing a BSc, MSci, MSc, or PhD.

Where do our graduates end up?

The Destination of Leavers of Higher Education Survey takes place on an annual basis to determine the career prospects of graduates. Below are our most recent figures. 2015/16 results due to be published soon.

DLHE Survey Undergraduates 2014-15DLHE Survey Postgraduates 2014-15

What support is available?

Departmental support

Our students are offered personal advice on preparing appropriate job applications, normally through their tutor. As with any career, job vacancies in this field can be extremely competitive. Students are advised to ensure they prepare for the application and any subsequent interview thoroughly.

Students are advised to view our presentation on how to prepare a CV.

Faculty support

The faculty of Engineering has excellent support and resources, and a dedicated Careers team. See their website and twitter for details on workshops, advice, and opportunities. 

UCL support

We recommend that all our students visit the UCL Careers Service who offer lots of advice on a wide range of careers.

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