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Advanced Biomedical Imaging MSc

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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£13,850 (FT)
Overseas:
£26,380 (FT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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.

International students

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.

Find out more on about the content of this degree: MSc Advanced Biomedical Imaging

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of 8 core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Advanced Biomedical Imaging.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • 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
  • Precision Diagnosis for Precision Medicine

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

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.

Covid-19 field trip updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned field trips for this programme. This will depend on travel restrictions, social distancing measures, and the availability of the relevant venues. Your department will keep you updated if field trips are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

The Division of Medicine is offering 3 bursaries of £5000 each to students on this programme.

Find out more: Division of Medicine Postgraduate Taught Degrees

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Division of Medicine Postgraduate Taught Bursaries

Note:
Deadline: 31 July 2020
Value:
£5,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and 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.

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

This MSc is run by the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, one of the world’s most advanced imaging centres. With 11 state-of-the-art imaging technologies, it is dedicated to developing the imaging techniques of the future. Biomedical imaging is an interdisciplinary field drawing together biology, medicine, physics and engineering. It is a rapidly expanding field central to all aspects of biomedical research.

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.

Find out more details about the degree: MSc Advanced Biomedical Imaging

Department: Division of Medicine

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"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 listened 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 Stuckey

Advanced Biomedical Imaging MSc, BBSRC-London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo)
UCL Medical Sciences
Alumni view

"I'm currently pursuing PhD in Radiobiology and Diagnostic Imaging at University of Liverpool. My project is about quantitative analysis of treatment response in paediatric brain tumours in association with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. This MSc greatly helped me in getting this PhD as I learnt about neuroimaging and image processing with Matlab which will be important part of this project. These skills are helping me a lot including basics of MRI advance imaging techniques. I'm a Dento-maxillofacial radiologist with clinical background and this MSc gave me very first preclinical experience in neuroimaging. It also helped me to understand physics and the basics of advanced imaging techniques. The Science Communication module has been very instrumental for gaining presentation skills and I'm really thankful to entire CABI team for all their hard work and support."

Dr Priyanka Sakhavalkar

Advanced Biomedical Imaging MSc (2017)
Alumni view

"After completing the MSc I was inspired to pursue a career in academia and now work as an imaging research assistant in CABI. My current project is to develop novel imaging techniques for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically this involves developing advanced MR acquisition techniques such as arterial spin labelling and optimisation of sequence parameters through simulations, histology staining and microscopy of ex vivo brain samples. Having a biomedical sciences background I was able to learn concepts from other disciplines like physics, chemistry and maths. The MSc equipped me with a diverse interdisciplinary skillset that taught me the value of bringing ideas together across different disciplines. I really enjoyed the science communication module as it allowed us to talk about research in a fun, interesting and creative way. I would like to thank everyone in CABI for the encouragement and support throughout the MSc."

Phoebe Evans

Advanced Biomedical Imaging MSc (2017)

Application and next steps

Applications

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 £80 for online applications and £105 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

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.

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