Medical Imaging MSc

Medical Imaging, MSc


Our MSc in Medical Imaging will improve your knowledge of how technology can help detect disease and the use of these technologies in the modern clinical environment.

Key Facts

1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time / Part Time
Start Month
Learning Mode
On Campus Learning

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The University of Aberdeen has an internationally renowned reputation for the development of new techniques for medical imaging, including being the first place in the world to build and use a whole body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner.

The use of imaging techniques in medicine has been, and continues to be, an area of vast expansion. The specialities of this programme include the full range of medical imaging modalities, including Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), MRI and Ultrasound.

The University’s world class equipment and facilities will provide you with unrivalled insight into medical imaging. Gaining a degree from the University of Aberdeen, with its long history of delivering medical imaging programmes, will add significant credibility to your qualification.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MSc programme which runs in September.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science (BP5003)

This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, in order to develop a basic understanding of cells, tissues and organs and how they may be altered by disease. The course also includes a range of topics around Professional Issues, Management of Medical Physics, Statistics and Safety.

Imaging in Medicine (BP5005)

This course provides instruction in the basic physics and engineering principles of imaging techniques used in medicine. It also provides an overview of the range of applications of imaging techniques in the modern medical environment. The course covers Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, Radiodiagnosis (X-ray imaging), Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasound Imaging.

Radiation in Medicine (BP5008)

This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of radiation physics, including the mechanisms of interaction of radiation with matter. The basic concepts and techniques of radiation therapy are covered, as are the fundamentals of radiation protection. Applications of non-ionising radiation in medicine are also covered.

Computing and Electronics in Medicine (BP5009)

This course provides an introduction to underlying principles and practical examples of computing in medical physics. Hands-on learning is provided to build confidence with computer software. The course also covers basic concepts of analogue and digital electronics and its application in a clinical setting.

Generic Skills (GS50M1)

This course will improve your employability skills. I-SEE (Individualised self-assessment to enhance employability) is a bespoke online resource developed to help identify your strengths and areas needing improvement. The self-assessment process allows you to identify development areas for employability skills like communication, IT and numeracy skills and personal attributes like creativity, organisation and timekeeping, flexibility, team working. This leads to automated, tailored feedback and signposting to self-study to assist in improving your CV. Reflection and an e-portfolio will assist in articulation of these enhanced skills/attributes during mock interviews. Some sessions are compulsory, but otherwise it involves self-directed learning.

Semester 2

Optional Courses

Students must choose four of the following courses. The courses taken must include at least one of courses BP5502 or BP5505

Radiotherapy and Radiation Physics (BP5501)

This course covers all aspects of radiotherapy physics including radiobiology of radiotherapy treatment, charged particle therapy, dosimetry, treatment planning, brachytherapy, radiotherapy equipment, quality assurance, safety and radiation protection in radiotherapy. In addition to attending lectures and tutorials, students spend time in the state-of-the-art Radiotherapy department of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, to attend demonstrations in CT treatment planning, gynaecological brachytherapy, megavoltage beam data acquisition and linear accelerator QA. Hands-on practical sessions are also held there. The course involves a high degree of student participation, including class discussion sessions following prescribed reading, tutorials and practicals.

Nuclear Medicine & Positron Emission Tomography (BP5502)

You will gain hands-on experience of a modern gamma camera during the practical. Departmental visits allow access to state-of-the-art imaging systems and radioisotope production facilities. Lectures are delivered by experienced clinical staff and leading academics. They reflect current best clinical practice and provide content around research methods and analysis techniques. This ensures the course remains current and reflects the full range of applications of the technique. It provides an overview of career possibilities in medical imaging applications of radiation and provides a knowledge base to make informed choices around future careers or study.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (BP5503)

The wide range of related subjects covered, including basic Magnetic Resonance Imaging theory, practical applications and hands on experience, gives you a broad understanding of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

You will be in the advantageous position of learning in an environment that was pivotal in the early development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and continues to contribute to its development.

The lecturers will be academics who are leading researchers, to ensure the course content is rooted in today’s best practice and science.

Medical Electronics and Instrumentation (BP5504)

This course covers electronic instrumentation used for physiological measurements in the hospital environment. Students will gain in-depth understanding of technological and physiological processes in medical devices, and of the need for medical equipment management, including quality assurance, maintenance and safety testing. Students will also gain experience of designing, constructing and testing electronic circuits for physiological measurement.

Medical Image Processing and Analysis (BP5505)

•Includes both background theory and hands-on practical work, providing an excellent basis for a career working with images/imaging systems/image-related applications and techniques •Covers both standard image processing methods (as a basis for general expertise) together with some of the major high level applications used in the Medical Imaging community (which will also provide bullet points on your experience portfolio) •Provides coaching in practical skills using Matlab, ImageJ and similar tools, to develop your expertise in the rapid development of imaging applications •Includes short project work, to develop your ability to tackle more significant (and therefore more realistic) standalone imaging-based problems

Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection (BP5506)

The Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection Deeper Study will give you to opportunity to learn about a wide range of diagnostic modalities used in clinical practice, such as computed and digital radiography, fluoroscopy, CT and mammography. You will also learn about Radiation Protection legislation in the UK and how this is applied. The course will include hands-on practical work in ARI where you will have the opportunity to use x-ray equipment and a variety of detectors. This course provides a solid knowledge base for going on to work in a medical physics department.

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

MSc Project for Programmes in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging (BP5901)

This course comprises a research project, lasting approximately 13 weeks (including write-up time). The project is intended to encourage development of interest in a particular aspect of the overall field of study. The student will also develop an understanding of research methods and skills including information retrieval, planning a work schedule and organisation of a working routine. Other transferrable skills that will be developed include initiative and independent thought by the student as well as the communication skills required for production of a thesis and for delivery of an oral presentation on the project.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Our Medical Imaging programme is taught using a combination of traditional lectures and practical classes. Many of our lectures are also recorded, meaning you will have immediate access to lessons after they have been taught and can replay them online when required.

You will benefit from being able to learn outside the classroom in the university’s world class facilities, including the John Mallard Scottish PET Centre. Learning in these environments will enable you to apply your knowledge to medical imaging projects. You will also have access to the expertise of our staff, based in the Medical School and Foresterhill Health Campus.

Some of the teaching methods used in this programme include:

  • One-to-one academic support
  • Insights into current medical imaging projects
  • Access to medical imaging experts
  • Research-led teaching taught by key opinion leaders

Much of the teaching on this course involves participatory research work. Students are expected to engage with research work as well as classroom teaching and independent study in their own time.

Learning Methods

  • Research
  • Lectures
  • Lab Work
  • Individual Projects
  • Seminars


The programme is assessed by continuous assessment (including practical write-ups, essay assignments and student presentations), written examinations, assessment of the project work and the submission of a thesis and viva examination.

Why Study Medical Imaging?

  • The University and the adjacent teaching hospital are home to cutting-edge medical technology, including a new £2m PET-CT scanner, a brand new radiotherapy centre with state-of-the-art linac treatment machines, as well as 3T and 1.5T MRI scanners. All of these facilities are used during the MSc.
  • You will be immersed in a clinical culture and environment at the Foresterhill Health Campus, which includes a large teaching hospital and the Medical School.
  • You will gain first-hand experience of using state-of-the-art equipment in hospital and research environments that will transfer over into employment.
  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to the continued research within the department expanding knowledge of medical imaging technology and techniques such as Fast-Field Cycling MRI, functional MRI of the brain and PET scanning.
  • You will be part of a select group of students being taught by academics who are active researchers and key opinion leaders.
  • The MSc will help you establish a professional network and provide access to those working in the field of medical imaging to assist you with career development.
  • The University of Aberdeen has been delivering MSc programmes in this field for over 30 years and was the first place in the world to build and conduct a whole body MRI scan.
  • The Queen’s Anniversary Prize was awarded to the University in recognition of its achievements in developing new medical imaging techniques.

What our Current Students Say

  • Jian Kang

    Jian Kang

    As the course here is organised very well it is easy for international students to follow with their teachers and acquire knowledge. When I met any difficulties during my study, these teachers were very friendly and always willing to help me

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fees and Funding Table for HOME, EU, RUK and International Students
Nationality Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition fee for main award £6,000
International Students Tuition fee for main award £18,000
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trip courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. Further information can be found on our Finance and Funding pages.

(Please note this cannot be claimed in conjunction with any other scholarship award.)

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

MRI Scanner Invented at Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen was the 1st place in the world to invent, build and conduct a whole body MRI scan. MRI scanning is now used in hospital diagnostics worldwide every day

Entry Requirements


Physical science or Engineering second-class Honours degree. Minimum 2:2, 60% or GPA 2.4/4 or 3.0/5 overall.

Please check the In My Country pages to find out if your degree is equivalent.

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Life Sciences and Medicine Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

  • Degree Transcripta full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • Personal Statementa detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • Degree Certificatea degree certificate showing your qualifications
  • CVan up-to-date CV/Resumé


  • Foresterhill Health Campus

    Foresterhill Health Campus

    The Foresterhill Health Campus is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes the Medical School, large teaching hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

  • MRI Scanner

    MRI Scanner

    Our 3.0 T Philips Achieva research MRI scanner, is located in the Lilian Sutton Building (LSB) at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) on the Foresterhill Health Campus.

  • Clinical PET scanner

    Clinical PET scanner

    The clinical PET scanner (a GE Discovery STe PET CT) is located in a purpose built facility, adjacent to the tracer development facility, nuclear medicine and MRI units.


By studying an MSc in Medical imaging at the University of Aberdeen, you will have a solid grounding to pursue a career in healthcare and science. You will develop expert knowledge and understanding of medical imaging techniques that will enable you to help advance the practice of medical procedures through medical imaging technology.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to work in hospitals alongside clinicians, providing scientific and technical expertise. Others have gone on to conduct research in universities, working as research assistants. Some graduates have also chosen to continue with their studies and complete a PhD in Medical Imaging.

Some of the career options include:

  • Further study (PhD)
  • Academic jobs in university settings, e.g. lecturer, researcher
  • Medical device risk management
  • Jobs in hospital-based medical imaging
  • Employment in the medical imaging industry

An MSc in Medical imaging from the University of Aberdeen will show employers that you have the knowledge and the practical experience of applying medical imaging techniques to real-world projects. The contacts that you make within the University and the Foresterhill Health Campus enhance the credibility of your degree and help establish your reputation as a contributor to essential research projects.

Your degree in Medical Imaging will place you in a select group of students who have had the privilege of studying at one of the top 1% universities in the world.

Industry Links

NHS Grampian
GE Healthcare
Philips Healthcare
Siemens Healthcare


The MSc is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Our Experts

The programme will be delivered by an experienced, multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned researchers and NHS staff.

Other Experts
Professor David Lurie
Dr Gordon Waiter
Programme Coordinator
Professor Andy Welch

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.


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