Medical Imaging, MSc

Medical Imaging, MSc


Our MSc in Medical Imaging will give you a deep understanding of how technology can help detect and study disease.

**Please note that there will be no January 2024 intake for this programme. The next January intake of this programme will be January 2025, the September intakes are running as normal.

Study Information

Study Options

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

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. It is a classroom-based programme and while there are no clinical or work-based placements we do draw on the close working relationship between the University and the Hospital to improve your knowledge of how these technologies are used in both the modern clinical and research environments.

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.

This programme is available to start in September or January.

Please note that the next January intake of this programme will be January 2025, the September intakes are running as normal.

Available Programmes of Study

The Medical Imaging programme shares some courses with the Medical Physics programme (particularly the introductory courses in the first term), but it doesn’t include radiotherapy and goes more deeply into image processing and image analysis. We also offer 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. In the second term you’ll study a course in image processing and a comparative imaging course that aims to give you a complete understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each modality. You will also take a course on the principles of systematic reviewing and will be able to choose one of the “deeper study” courses to gain a more thorough understanding of a modality of your choice. In the third term you will conduct a systematic review on a topic of your choice. A systematic review is a scientific methodology that combines evidence from multiple sources that satisfy pre-determined eligibility conditions in order to answer a particular research question. This project will give you the opportunity to explore an area of interest in more depth and will also give you the skills that you need in order to start developing your own research projects in either a clinical, academic or industrial environment.


Medical Imaging

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September Aberdeen More

Stage 1

The programme of taught courses will comprise lectures, tutorials, practical classes and small group demonstrations. The topics covered include: Computing, Electronics, Radiation physics, Radiodiagnosis, Nuclear medicine, Radiation protection, Nuclear magnetic resonance, Ultrasound, Physiology and Cell biochemistry, Safety.

Compulsory Courses

Students must take the following courses@

Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD5006)

This course, which is prescribed for all taught postgraduate students, is studied entirely online, takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks.

Topics include orientation overview, equality and diversity, health, safety and cyber security and how to make the most of your time at university in relation to careers and employability.

Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stage 2

Compulsory Courses

Students must take the following courses.

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.

Systematic Reviewing (PU5526)

15 Credit Points

This course will equip students with the relevant skills to interpret and conduct systematic reviews on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. Using lectures and practical sessions, students will understand the principles of systematic reviewing and the differences between narrative and systematic reviews. They will learn to formulate a clear research question and undertake each stage of systematic reviewing of randomised controlled trials. They will also learn about the importance of the levels of evidence and systematic reviews of other different study designs. This course will also introduce the students to advances in systematic reviews such as network meta-analysis and use of Individual Patient Data (IPD)

Comparative Imaging (MP5501)

15 Credit Points

A study of the similarities and differences between the various modalities that are used for medical imaging

Optional Courses

Students must also complete one elective course.

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.

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.

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.

Stage 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 for delivery of an oral presentation on the project.

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £23,800
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year
Home / RUK £11,100
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time January Aberdeen More

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.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • 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.


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.

How You'll Study

Our Medical Imaging programme is taught using a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. We employ a blended learning approach with all content (including recordings of any lectures) being available through our virtual learning environment, 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, with some practical sessions also being conducted in the hospital on the same campus. You will also have access to the expertise of our staff, based in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition 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, online tests and student presentations), written examinations, assessment of the project work and the submission of a thesis.

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 School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.
  • 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.

Entry Requirements

Please note that the next January intake of this programme will be January 2025, the September intakes are running as normal.


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 - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


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

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

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


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. Although, it is not a vocational qualification (i.e. it doesn’t include any clinical or work-based placements) you will get a thorough grounding in the area and the skills required to pursue a number of different career paths. In short, 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 work in industry or 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.

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.

Naif Majrashi

Naif Majrashi

Naif Majrashi

Graduated 2017

All of the subjects were interesting but I particularly enjoyed the courses in MRI, radiotherapy and diagnostic radiology and radiation protection.

Our Experts

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

Other Expert
Professor Andy Welch
Programme Coordinator
Dr Gordon Waiter

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.

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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

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University Office
Regent Walk
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