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Course overview

  • Discover the key clinical applications of medical imaging and how it contributes to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Learn in a multidisciplinary environment alongside physicists, engineers, clinicians and other professionals from a range of fields.
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK for life sciences and medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Develop the skills needed for a career in an imaging-related field in clinical practice, research or technical development.
  • Gain an intercalating qualification if you are a Year 3 or 4 medical student.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000 
  • International students (per annum): £23,000
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £5,000; Year 2 £5,000; 
  • International students (per annum): Year 1 £11,500; Year 2 £11,500
  • PGDip (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £8,000 
  • International students (per annum): £18,400
  • PGDip (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £4,000; Year 2 £4,000; 
  • International students (per annum): Year 1 £9,200; Year 2 £9,200

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued.


The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 577 paper-based (Test of Written English (TWE) - 6.0) or 233 computer-based (TWE - 6.0) or 90 internet-based (with at least 21 in writing)

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

Relevant postgraduate study, research or professional experience may be accepted as qualification for entry, subject to interview.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Advice to applicants

All applicants must apply online and the following supporting documents should be provided to support your application.

  • Two academic references on headed paper, signed and dated within the last six months.
  • Two referee report forms using the referee report form (PDF, 28KB), signed and dated within the last six months.
  • Copies (not originals) of degree certificates and official transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these are in a language other than English, please provide official translations. Please make clear in your application the highest level of mathematics or physics you have achieved.
  • Evidence of English language ability (if appropriate).
  • A personal statement

Interview requirements

Acceptance will be subject to interview as the course has a strong basis in mathematics and physics, and you will need to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for this material.

All international applicants will be interviewed by Skype.

Teaching and learning

As this course aims to produce graduates equipped to pursue either clinically or technically-focused careers in imaging, it is important to provide an adequate knowledge base. For this reason, much of the teaching takes the form of in-class lectures.

However, in most course units, this is supplemented by group discussions and practical exercises. Other than the introductory units, most course units provide you with an understanding of research methods by requiring submission of a critical review of appropriate research literature or clinical material, either as a report or presentation.

Where appropriate, practical imaging exercises are provided, requiring you to cooperate in acquiring images and analysing results.

All units require a considerable component of independent research and study.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment will occur in a variety of forms.

Summative assessment takes the form of written assignments, oral presentations, on-line quizzes and examinations.

Written assignments and presentations, as well as contributing to summative assessment, have a formative role in providing feedback, particularly in the early stages of the course units.

Online quizzes provide a useful method of regular testing, ensuring that you engage actively with the taught material. As accumulation of a knowledge base is a key aim of the course, examinations (both open-book and closed-book) form an important element of summative assessment.

In addition, formal assessment of your research and written communication skills is achieved via the dissertation. This is a 10,000 to 15,000-word report, written and organised to appropriate scientific standards, describing the design, execution and results of the research project.

Course unit details

The MSc requires students to pass 180 credits composed of eight course units of 15 credits each and a 60-credit research project.

The introductory course unit Scientific Skills brings students from different academic backgrounds up to the required level in the topics of human biology or mathematics and physics relevant to imaging.

Semester 1: Compulsory units

  • Scientific Skills
  • Mathematical Foundations of Imaging
  • Radioisotope Imaging (PET/SPECT)
  • Non-Radioisotope Imaging (MRI, CT, Ultrasound)

Semester 2: Compulsory units

  • Advanced MR Imaging
  • Advanced PET Imaging
  • Quantitative Imaging into Practice (Imaging Biomarkers for Healthcare and Research)

Semester 2: Elective units (select one)

  • Imaging in Clinical Diagnosis
  • Medical Image Analysis and Mathematical Computing

Semester 3: Research project

Career opportunities

On graduation you will be in an excellent position to pursue careers in imaging-related fields in healthcare and research. This MSc will also form a sound basis for you if you wish to proceed to PhD research in any aspect of medical imaging.

Intercalating medical students may use this qualification as a platform to pursue a clinical career in radiology.

Visit the MSc/PGDip Medical Imaging Science page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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