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Aberdeen developed the MRI scanner and it offers a world renowned research lead programme across the entire range of scanning and imaging techniques including Nuclear, Positron Emission Tomography and Ultrasound. You learn about imaging in medicine, processing, radiation, analysis, diagnostics and protection.

If you are interested in medical imaging and highly sophisticated ways of assisting in diagnostics visually the medical imaging programme comes from a long heritage of major world innovation which was led by research at Aberdeen. Did you know researchers at Aberdeen invented the first MRI scanner (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) for instance? Since this time much has been done to further work on the MRI scanner and deliver some of the most advanced forms of body visualisation tools available to the health area. If you have ever wondered how X rays work or you are interested in the latest radiotherapy techniques to provide therapeutic tools from radiographic equipment and advances this programme not only gives you the theory and practice in applying imaging in a health setting, it also gives you opportunities to think about the technologies involved and the applications. There is a lot of Physics and Maths required behind the different technologies involved in medical imaging so if you have these subjects and a life science background plus engineering or similar science disciplines this will make the programme more accessible.

By the end of the MSc programme you will have received a thorough academic grounding in Medical Imaging, been exposed to the practice of Medical Imaging in a hospital Department, and carried out a short research project. The MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine as fulfilling part of the training requirements for those wishing to work in the NHS. There are wide ranging career possibilities after graduation. You may wish to go straight into clinic settings to apply your skills within diagnostics or you may wish to study further for a PhD towards teaching or researching. There have also been spin out companies as a result of understanding and applying imaging technologies towards innovative applications. This subject also aligns with some major innovations in Photonics and other areas of medical science which you may like to explore further if you are interested in invention and innovation at the Scottish Innovation Centres

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Semester 1

  • Radiation in Imaging
  • Introduction to Computing and Image Processing
  • Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science
  • Imaging in Medicine
  • Generic Skills

Semester 2

  • Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Medical Image Processing and Analysis
  • Diagnostic and Radiation Protection

Semester 3

  • MSc Project for Programme in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You have the opportunity to contribute research within the department, expanding the knowledge of medical imaging technology within the largest teaching hospital and Medical School in Europe
  • You have access to a PET-CT scanner, new radiotherapy centre and linac treatment machines.
  • The university won the Queens Anniversary Prize in recognition of achievements in new medical imaging techniques
  • The MRI scanner was invented at the University over 30 years ago - a major innovation which has been global in impact

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 or 24 months
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • September start

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