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Imaging (Online Distance Learning) - MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev


Course Description

The programme disseminates imaging knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable effective and efficient use of imaging, clinically, in research and in industry.

Our flexible, intermittent, part-time, online distance learning (OLDL) programme aims to:

  • provide an understanding of imaging theory, techniques, analysis and applications
  • develop research planning and designing skills, incorporating imaging
  • enable interpretation and analysis of relevant imaging data
  • relate imaging research to clinical applications

Online learning

Access world class teaching at the University of Edinburgh, while maintaining your local professional & personal commitments where you live, thereby keeping down costs by not being resident in Edinburgh.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

You may choose to study to Certificate, Diploma or Masters level.

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme. We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

You may take up to 30 credits per semester, 60 credits per year.

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. We offer online credit-bearing courses which run for 11 weeks at a time. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

  • Online Learning options. Please note that individual elective courses will only run if there is a minimum of 4 students taking the course.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the full range of imaging theory, techniques, analysis and applications.
  • Discuss how imaging is used to investigate both normal and abnormal processes and functions (clinically and in research).
  • Feel confident to undertake well designed, methodologically sound and practical research using imaging.
  • Create a study design methodology.
  • Analyse results and use statistics as applied to imaging studies.
  • Be aware of health and safety regulations and legislation related to imaging.
  • Translate from basic imaging research to the clinical arena.
  • Be empowered to take a critical view of existing research particularly with an awareness of reproducibility and reliability of techniques, sources of bias in research and clinically.
  • Demonstrate innovation before discussing and presenting their work to their peers.
  • Development of skills in grant and research proposal formulation.
  • Develop the tools to initiate and execute research autonomously and produce publishable research summaries.
  • Develop good practice in communication and collaboration using modern online communication tools.
  • Acquire imaging knowledge to engage with new developments.

Career opportunities

Clinical graduates will exit the programme with improved clinical image management skills, and will also be better able to advise companies and businesses which develop tools and techniques for their specialties, where imaging is required. For pre-clinically focused students, an imaging skill set expands academic possibilities and is more likely to assist with translational techniques necessary to bridge the preclinical and clinical sciences.

The degree will also be attractive as a preliminary qualification before undertaking career training in hospital Medical Physics (for physicists and engineers), as well as a preliminary qualification before taking a PhD or research scientist post involving medical physics, medical imaging, biomechanics in academia or industry.


Visit the Imaging (Online Distance Learning) - MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in the fields of radiology, radiography, surgery, medicine (MBChB or equivalent) and veterinary medicine, biology, biomedical sciences, physics, engineering, chemistry, light microscopy, preclinical / animal based research, pharmacology, image processing, image analysis, computer science, informatics or infometrics. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Last Updated

31 July 2017

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