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.
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.
As well as the courses listed below, you will study two exiting new courses:
Radiation in Imaging - This course will introduce you to fundamental aspects of radiation physics, including the mechanisms of interaction of radiation with matter. The basic maths and physics underpinning the use of radiation in imaging are covered, as are the fundamentals of radiation protection.
Introduction to Computing and Image Processing - This course provides an introduction to underlying principles and practical examples of computing in medical imaging. Hands-on learning is provided to build confidence with computer software. The course also covers some of the philosophy of imaging.
Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science (BP5003)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
•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
•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
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.
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.
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 Students Say
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.
In addition, all offer holders will be considered for our 3 x £6000 Tuition Fee Scholarships to be used towards tuition fees. The decision will be made based on academic merit and those who have been nominated will be notified by the end of May.
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
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.
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.
CVan up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificatea degree certificate showing your qualifications
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
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.
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
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.
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The MSc is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
The programme will be delivered by an experienced, multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned researchers and NHS staff.
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.