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.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month

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 Medical Imaging programme shares many courses with the Medical Physics programme, but it doesn’t include radiotherapy and goes more deeply into image processing and image analysis in particular. The removal of the radiotherapy component from phase 1 (new for 2017) has also allowed us to include extra modules on maths/physics for imaging, making this programme accessible to those with a life sciences background as well as those with a maths, physics or engineering background.

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses
Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science (BP5003)

15 Credit Points

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.

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Imaging in Medicine (BP5005)

15 Credit Points

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.

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Introduction to Computer and Image Processing (BP5010)

15 Credit Points

This course provides an introduction to computing and information technology as applied to medical physics and medical imaging, including an introduction to medical image processing techniques. Hands-on learning is provided to build confidence with computer software. The course also covers basic concepts of analogue and digital electronics and the philosophy of imaging.

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Radiation in Medical Imaging (BP5011)

15 Credit Points

Ionizing radiation is at the heart of medical imaging modalities such as diagnostic x-rays, CT, Nuclear Medicine and PET. This course will cover the underlying physics of ionizing radiation and explore the interactions of radiation with tissues and detectors.

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Study Skills for Life (GS50M2)

This course gives students the opportunity to develop the transferable skills required to both complete their degree programme and progress in their future career. The course provides guides and workshops on a variety of skills, including literature appraisal, academic integrity, writing, presentations, note taking and time management. It provides online resources for developing IT and numeracy skills, and acts as a resource for advertising development opportunities both within and outside the university.

The course strongly relies on self-reflection and identification of opportunities by the students to use the support sessions and online resources available. Although completion of the course itself is compulsory the majority of the course sessions offered are optional, and support is given to the students to help them identify what they most need to work on. Completion of the course is achieved through formative assignments.

This course is the first of two courses relating to cross-discipline skills development that is compulsory for all taught postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses
Nuclear Medicine & Positron Emission Tomography (BP5502)

15 Credit Points

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.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (BP5503)

15 Credit Points

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.

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Medical Image Processing and Analysis (BP5505)

15 Credit Points

Image processing and analysis includes many tools and techniques widely used in the field of Medical Imaging. Topics covered in this course include image formation, representation and display; image degradation and restoration; intensity processing; spatial and spectral filtering; image registration and fusion; simple object and shape recognition; segmentation; pattern recognition; image compression; 3D and 4D image rendering.

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Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection (BP5506)

15 Credit Points

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.

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Beyond Your Degree (GS55M2)

This course gives students the opportunity to develop the skills needed to progress in their degree programme and beyond into their chosen career. It focuses on the job application process, the support available from the university both during and after their degree, and the skills that apply to undertaking projects. Sessions include an introduction to the Careers and Employability Service, CV, cover letter and interview skills, workplace professionalism and managing projects. Online resources are provided to support transferable skill development.

The course strongly relies on self-assessment and identification of opportunities by the students to use the support sessions and online resources available. Although completion of the course is compulsory, most of the course sessions offered are optional, and completion of the course is achieved through formative assignments.This course is the second of two courses relating to generic skills that are compulsory for all taught postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses
MSc Project (BP5901)

60 Credit Points

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 poster presentation on the project.

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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

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

Assessment Methods

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.
  • The University of Aberdeen is a Top 30 UK University, Complete University Guide 2020
  • The University of Aberdeen is a World Top 170 University (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)

What Our Students Say

Jian Kang

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

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

A second-class honours degree in physical science or engineering.

The programme is also open to students with a Biological Sciences or Life Sciences background. Applicants from non-physical science or engineering backgrounds must be prepared to undertake training in maths and physics as part of the programme.

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

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate

The CAH3 code for this degree is CAH07-01-01. Students who need a visa to live or study in the UK must to apply for ATAS clearance. The ATAS clearance certificate must be valid when you apply for a visa to enter the UK. To find out if you need to apply for ATAS clearance, please visit

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

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

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £10,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year
International Students £23,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. 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.

Funding Opportunities

The following options are available to support your studies. Please click the links for full details and eligibility criteria.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.


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 world's top 200 universities (QS World Rankings 2019 and Times Higher World University Rankings 2018).

Industry Links

NHS Grampian
GE Healthcare
Philips Healthcare
Siemens Healthcare

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

What our Alumni Say

Norah Amoqbil

Norah Amoqbil

Norah Amoqbil

Graduated 2018

It was important for me to find a degree qualification that is globally recognised. The academics are specialists in their field and they really want us to learn. They have an open door policy and welcome our questions.

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

Information About Staff Changes

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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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.

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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.

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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.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
AB24 3FX