Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


MSc Physics and Engineering in Medicine by Distance Learning

Distance-Learning Tutor: Mr Billy Dennis

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The purpose of our MSc programme is to provide a theoretical and practical knowledge base for those with an interest in developing an interdisciplinary approach to science and engineering applied to healthcare, with particular emphasis on those seeking careers as medical physicists or biomedical engineers in hospitals, industry or universities.

Our MSc by Distance Learning is the only distance learning medical physics course in the UK accredited by IPEM, and won UCL teaching awards in 2013 and 2014. The course was launched in Autumn 2011, produced its first graduates in 2014, and 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. 

The MSc by distance-learning involves completing the same examinations, coursework and research project that campus-based students study on the Radiation Physics stream. The course is delivered online through lecture videos coupled with additional materials and interactive learning resources. A specialist distance-learning tutor works with students throughout the year to provide help when required and help facilitate their learning. A bespoke and flexible tutorial system provides regular feedback to distance learners to help develop skills for research and the workplace while ensuring students are prepared for examinations.

This page is to help provide information to those who might be unfamiliar with education by distance learning. The distance learning route has been accredited by IPEM as matching the same high quality as the on-campus MSc. It continues to develop new ways to give our students an outstanding learning experience, helping to learn key skills for their future careers. It is the only distance learning MSc accredited by IPEM.


Why study with us?

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 the department's research, and browse case studies, here.

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Programme Structure
Flexible Study Up to 5 Years
Distance Learning Testimonial
Fees & Funding
Virtual Open Day April 2017