PG Dip/MSc in Physics & Engineering in Medicine
Admissions Tutor: Dr Martin Fry
MSc Programme Leader: Dr Jamie Harle
MSc by Distance Learning Tutor: Mr Billy Dennis
This MSc has its origins going back to 1958, where it was founded by two University of London Professors, John Eric Roberts and the Nobel laureate Sir Joseph Rotblat Students study 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 research project, workplace skills development and computational skills needed to apply this theory into practice. The MSc Research Project provides an opportunity to conduct research supervised by the department’s world leading academics. The Research Excellence Framework 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. Students will be joining the largest group of biomedical engineers in the UK.
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact Website.
Masters students can tailor their studies to one of three specialised streams:
- Radiation Physics (RP)
- Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging (BEMI)
- Medical Image Computing (MIC)
The aim of our MSc programme is to provide a theoretical and practical knowledge base for those with an interest in developing an inter-disciplinary approach to science and engineering applied to healthcare, with particular emphasis on those seeking careers as medical physicists or biomedical engineers in hospital, industry or university employment sectors.
A selected pathway of taught modules of the Radiation Physics stream is accredited by the UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). This pathway is available for both the campus and distance-learning deliveries of the MSc.
The MSc by Distance Learning won UCL teaching awards in 2013 and 2014 and is the only distance learning medical physics course in the UK accredited by IPEM. The course was launched in Autumn 2011, produced its first graduates in 2014, currently has 8 graduates and 25 students completing their multi-year studies. The programme is completely flexible to suit personal circumstances and is normally completed over 3-4 years, with a fifth year available as contingency.
More information can be found here.
- Programme Structure
Masters students can tailor their studies to one of three specialised streams. Module selection depends on the stream being studied and the desired career path.
& Medical Imaging
Medical Image Computing
- What our students say...
Rosie completed the MSc on campus as a part-time student over two years (2013-15) while also in full time employment, attending lectures through day release.
"Definitely my research project! I used programming and image-processing to investigate MRI artefacts in mouse models and, by working closely with my supervisor, I produced results which will help improve understanding in this field (shown below). Following the end of my MSc, I had the opportunity to present my work as a poster at a national MRI meeting. I am currently working with my supervisor to submit my findings for publication."
Oskar graduated in physics in 2014 before specializing in medical physics through the UCL MSc in Physics and Engineering in Medicine, attending as a campus student from 2014-15.
"The most enjoyable part of the degree was definitely the project work. Joining a world leading research group and interacting with the people at the cutting edge of science was very inspirational and motivating."
Full testimonials from Rosie and Oskar can be found here.
Admissions Tutor: Dr Martin Fry
We generally require an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) in a relevant undergraduate degree such as physics or an engineering discipline for entry. We do accept applicants with a 2:2 degree, or with considerable workplace or related healthcare qualifications, but we may ask such applicants to meet online with the admissions tutor or a member of the course team for guidance on preparation for studying on our MSc once they have applied.
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Radiation Physics at graduate level
- why you want to study this programme at UCL
- whether you have relevant industrial 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
If you are unsure about the relevance of your qualifications or experience please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSc programmes start at the end of September and the deadline for applications for 2017/18 is midnight on 28th July 2017. We recommend overseas students apply no later than the end of June.
- Further Information
The MSc course consists of 7 taught modules and a comprehensive module (inclulding viva and group task), each worth 15 credits plus a research project worth 60 credits. This forms a total of 180 credit units. The Diploma does not include the research project. The pass mark for all elements (taught modules or research project) is 50%. For any element only two attempts are allowed.
The MSc course comprises modules assessed by examination, coursework, or a mixture of both. A key component of many modules is a research-led approach to teaching that enables students to learn from world-leading innovators and practitioners who relate theoretical aspects of the syllabus to emerging developments in the field. To augment this approach, students are required to complete a significant research project under supervision, working within one of our research groups or within a local hospital department or industrial environment.
Studying at UCL:
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UCL Statement on Brexit:
In light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, UCL President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur assures UCL students and staff from EU countries that they will continue to be as valued and as welcome as before.
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