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The Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering MRes provides structured training in this diverse and multidisciplinary field. Students may subsequently progress to an MPhil/PhD as part of a Doctoral Training Programme.

About this degree

The programme covers all forms of ionising and non-ionising radiation commonly used in medicine and applies it to the areas of imaging and treatment. The programme involves Master's-level modules chosen from a wide range offered by the department, and a research project. Good performance in the MRes will lead to entry into the second year of the Doctoral Training Programme where the research project is continued.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four optional modules (15 credits each) and a research project (120 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • There are no core modules for this programme.

Optional modules

Students choose four optional modules from the following:

  • Ionising Radiation Physics: Interactions and Dosimetry
  • Medical Imaging
  • Clinical Practice
  • Treatment with Ionising Radiation
  • Medical Electronics and Control
  • Bioengineering
  • Optics in Medicine
  • Computing in Medicine
  • Medical Devices and Applications
  • Foundations and Anatomy and Scientific Computing
  • Image Processing
  • Computational Modelling in Biomedical Imaging
  • Programming Foundations for Medical Image Analysis
  • Information Processing in Medical Imaging
  • Image-Directed Analysis and Therapy


All students undertake a research project.

Teaching and learning

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Our graduates typically work in academia, clinical science and the NHS, and in industry. 


This programme gives students a good grounding in basic research training in a focused topic. Graduates will be ideally suited to enter PhD programmes in a variety of subject areas or enter professions requiring a postgraduate Master's qualification.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering is one of the largest medical physics and bioengineering departments in Europe, with links to a large number of active teaching hospitals. We have arguably the widest range of research of any similar department, and work closely with other world-leading institutions.

Join an interactive network of researchers across many disciplines and benefit from the strengths of UCL in the healthcare field.

Department: Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable either for students wishing to study for a standalone MRes in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering or for those planning progression to a Doctoral Training Programme.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Visit the Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering MRes page on the University College London website for more details!