By the end of the MSc programme students 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.
The course is divided into three terms, each four months long. The first, the core course, is designed to give students a good general grounding in Medical Imaging. Lectures cover the physics and engineering aspects of techniques including nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, magnetic resonance imaging, X-ray CT and ultrasound. Others are designed to build students’ knowledge in topics such as radiation physics, experimental statistics and biomechanics, as well as introductory computing and image processing. Additionally, lectures on anatomy, physiology and biochemistry provide students with a basic medical knowledge. Lectures are supported by practicals, demonstrations and visits to clinical departments. In the second term, three topics are selected from a list of 8 and are studied in detail. Topics include Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Medical Electronics, Medical Image Processing, Diagnostic Radiology & Radiation Protection, Biomedical Computing and Ultrasound in Medicine.
The final term is spent carrying out a short research project, during which the student completes an attachment within a research laboratory (e.g. image processing research) or a clinical department (e.g. Nuclear Medicine).
Many of the graduates from this programme have used their training to obtain employment as hospital medical physicists, usually at training grades, in the UK and elsewhere. Graduates have also been employed in small and large medical imaging companies, such as those that manufacture MRI scanners and linear accelerators. There are also many opportunities for research in Medical Imaging before going on to an academic career.
Entry requirements for this MSc programme is an Honours degree - a second class at least 60% or GPA 2.4/4 in an Engineering or Physical Science subjectApplicants whose first language is not english should note that english language proficiency is also required, more information can be found at View Website
Recipient: Aberdeen University
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