Medical Imaging is an essential component of modern medicine, playing a key role in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease. The Medical Imaging MSc covers:
the basic physics involved in the different imaging techniques
image formation, pattern recognition and applications in the field of radiology
current issues in a modern UK NHS radiology department.
Whilst not a clinical skills course, the teaching of the technical aspects of imaging techniques is firmly grounded and in their clinical usage. Many of our lecturers are at the forefront of research in their field and bring insights from emerging imaging techniques.
This programme is designed for recent graduates preparing for a career in medical imaging, professionals already working in the field, and medical students wishing to intercalate.
You can study this subject at a MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate level.
You may transfer from your original programme to another one, provided that you do this before you have completed the programme and before an award has been made. Part-time study is also an option.
You’ll become familiar with the range of clinical imaging techniques.
By the end of the programme you should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical and mathematical aspects of image formation of several techniques;
Identify the anatomical and physiological properties of tissue associated with image formation and contrast for several techniques;
Analyse and compare the technical performance of various modalities;
Demonstrate an understanding of the clinical applications of each technique, the variables involved and how they can be compared;
Apply IT in literature searching, analysis and display of data, and report writing to enhance life-long learning in medical imaging;
Demonstrate enhancement of their professional skills in communication, problem-solving, learning effectively and quickly, and effective self-management;
Critically evaluate relevant published work, demonstrating an understanding of the underpinning principles of statistics, project design and data analysis.
You’ll study modules worth 180 credits. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.
Principles for Medical Imaging Interpretation 15 credits
Medical Imaging Core Skills 15 credits
Digital Radiography and X-ray Computed Tomography 15 credits
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 15 credits
Ultrasound Imaging 15 credits
Radionuclide Imaging 15 credits
Medical Image Analysis 15 credits
Research Methods 15 credits
Research Project 60 credits
As an MSc student, you undertake a research project in the field of Medical Imaging. New research topics are available each year and include projects in MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray and their clinical application. You'll be asked to state your preferred research project. Before projects are allocated, you are encouraged to meet potential supervisors and discuss the research work.
Learning and teaching
All modules (except for your research project) are taught through traditional lectures, tutorials, practicals and computer based sessions. We also employ blended learning, combining online learning with other teaching methods.
You’ll be taught about the underpinning science of the various imaging modalities, and we cover a range of clinical applications demonstrating the use of medical imaging in modern medicine. Many of the lecturers are at the forefront of research in their particular field and will bring insights from current clinical imaging practice and developments of new and emerging imaging techniques.
The taught modules are assessed by coursework and unseen written examinations. Exams are held during the University exam periods in January and May.
The research project is assessed in separate stages, where you submit a 1,000-word essay (20%), a 5,000-word journal-style research article (70%) and make an oral presentation (10%).
Past graduates have gone on to enter careers in medical imaging or related disciplines, such as radiology and radiography. Often students are already working in the area, and use the skills and knowledge gained in the programme to enhance their careers. Students have gone on to take lecturer or research positions, and have also chosen to take post graduate research degrees (such as a PhD). As a intercalated degree for medical students the programme is useful for students considering radiology or many other medical specialties.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.