Imaging has contributed to some of the most significant advances in biomedicine and healthcare and this trend is accelerating. This MSc, taught by leading scientists and clinicians, will equip imaging students from all science backgrounds with detailed knowledge of the advanced imaging techniques which provide new insights into cellular, molecular and functional processes, preparing them for a PhD or a career in industry.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
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A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in a scientific or medical discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
Imaging is essential for diagnosis of disease and development of novel treatments. This programme focuses on translational medical imaging, and the development and use of preclinical imaging technologies to detect, monitor and prevent illnesses such as cancer, heart diseases and neurodegeneration. Students will undertake an independent research-based project in UCL’s world-class laboratories and develop their communication skills in biomedical science.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).
- Advanced Biomedical Imaging Techniques I
- Advanced Biomedical Imaging Techniques II
- Practical Preclinical Research (including Home Office Personal Licence)
- Translational Biomedical Imaging of Disease and Therapy I
- Translational Biomedical Imaging of Disease and Therapy II
- Science Communication for Biomedicine
- Statistical Methods in Research
- Ethics and Regulation of Research
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 7,000 words or a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, laboratory work, site visits and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and the dissertation.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £5,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
UCL is involved in the dynamic and successful London-based entrepreneurial activity in biomedical imaging. It has a strong track record in placing postgraduates in key positions within industry (e.g. Siemens, Philips, GE Healthcare, GSK, SMEs and start-ups) and at other leading academic institutions with preclinical imaging facilities, including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, and MIT and NIH in the US. This MSc will provide ideal training for students who wish to apply to UCL’s EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging.
This programme belongs to the School of Life and Medical Sciences; one of the largest and most prestigious aggregations of academics in its field, with a global reputation for teaching informed by cutting-edge research. Our close links with major hospitals and industry allow students to perform significant research projects. This laboratory experience makes them attractive applicants for PhD studentships or research assistant positions. Around 75% of our graduates have found research positions; either PhD studentships (50%) or research assistant positions (25%) in leading laboratories. Other graduates have taken up positions in industry or continued with specialist clinical training.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL offers a world-class environment in medical imaging and hosts several medical and biomedical imaging centres of excellence.
The UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging is one of the world’s most advanced imaging centres, with 11 state-of-the-art imaging technologies, and is dedicated to developing imaging techniques of the future. Biomedical imaging is an interdisciplinary field drawing together biology, medicine, physics, engineering, and art.
The MSc is linked to University College London Hospitals (UCLH), including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. This will provide an ideal training for further research and applications for a PhD at UCL's Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging.
Department: Division of Medicine
What our students and staff say
"I did my PhD at Oxford and my Postdoc at Imperial, so I have experienced a number of different academic environments, but I am certainly glad that I have been able to establish my research group within the supportive environment of UCL. The specific reason for me joining UCL is that the University’s Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging is one of the leading facilities in the world for me to undertake an develop my research. This, coupled with a number of excellent and enthusiastic collaborators made UCL the perfect choice. I have found UCL to be a friendly and highly supportive environment where my opinions are listen to and my ideas are taken seriously. I use biomedical imaging to visualise how new therapies can be beneficial to the heart. My group is based in UCL’s centre for advanced biomedical imaging, one of the largest preclinical imaging centres in Europe. "
Dr Daniel StuckeyAdvanced Biomedical Imaging MSc, BBSRC-London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo)
UCL Medical Sciences
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is designed for both scientists and clinicians who wish to gain a thorough background in biomedical imaging and translational medical research, either for further research in this field or for entry into the imaging or pharma industry. The programme is attractive to clinicians who wish to enhance their CVs prior to an application for specialist training in radiology.
- All applicants
- 26 July 2019
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Advanced Biomedical Imaging at graduate level
- why you want to study Advanced Biomedical Imaging at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
- Dr Alun Coker, Course Lead