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Medical imaging gives us a window into the body, allowing us to accurately assess overall health, prescribe treatment and potentially save people’s lives.

Through a mix of lectures, laboratories, clinical demonstrations and hospital visits, our MSc in Medical Imaging will develop you as a medical imaging professional, enhancing your ability to take on new challenges with confidence. You will also benefit from interdisciplinary learning thanks to the fact we run our course in collaboration with the Department of Physics.

What you will study

Medical imaging is a rapidly-growing discipline within the healthcare sector, involving engineers, computer scientists, physicists and clinicians.

Our MSc in Medical Imaging will provide you will a strong understanding of the mathematical and physical aspects of image formation and a knowledge of the range of medical imaging techniques. You will develop your knowledge of various medical imaging applications as well as an understanding the health and safety considerations involved.

Our course will teach you the expertise you’ll need to forge a career in medical imaging, including radiation physics, image processing, biology, computer vision, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Professional recognition

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Facilities, equipment and support

A number of the modules available on our course include laboratory sessions. From these, you’ll be able to acquire the appropriate hands-on experience and an understanding of the relevant software needed in medical physics and imaging. This important element of interactive learning within our course will greatly complement the growing theoretical knowledge you’ll develop throughout your studies. 

We provide computing support with any specialised software required during the programme, for example, Matlab.

The department’s student common room is also covered by the University’s open-access wireless network, which makes it a very popular location for individual and group work using laptops and mobile devices. You can also use a quiet room within the faculty itself when you need to study on your own. 

We pride ourselves on the many opportunities that we provide to visit collaborating hospitals. These enable you to see first-hand demonstrations of medical imaging facilities and to benefit from lectures by professional practitioners.

To support material presented during the course, you will also do a selection of ultrasound and radiation detection experiments, hosted by our sister MSc course in Medical Physics.


The Medical Imaging group conducts research in medical image analysis, methodology and the application of new technology. Current research projects include the development of Virtual Clinical Trials for Mammography, Deep Learning, Radiomics and Texture Analysis for Radiotherapy, Proton Therapy image reconstruction and MR Spectroscopy. These feature in course topics and provide opportunities to participate in pioneering research through student projects.

Graduate prospects

Graduates from this course have taken up careers in the NHS and international health service providers, in the medical and healthcare industries, and in research at major international universities and research institutions. 

Visit the Medical Imaging (MSc) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!





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