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Imaging MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev

Course Description

Programme description

The programme disseminates imaging knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable effective and efficient use of imaging, clinically, in research and in industry.

Our flexible, intermittent, part-time, online distance learning (OLDL) programme aims to:
•provide an understanding of imaging theory, techniques, analysis and applications
•develop research planning and designing skills, incorporating imaging
•enable interpretation and analysis of relevant imaging data
•relate imaging research to clinical applications

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

You may choose to study to Certificate, Diploma or Masters level.

Year 1: Certificate
You will complete the compulsory courses:

Techniques & physics (core – 20 credits)
Practicalities & safety (core – 10 credits)

You will complete 30 credits from the following options:

Applications in disease research (optional – 10 credits)
Clinical applications (optional – 10 credits)
Digital image processing & analysis (optional – 20 credits)
Image interpretation & evaluation (optional – 20 credits)

Year 2: Diploma
You will complete the compulsory courses:

Statistics (core - 10 credits)
Study design (core - 10 credits)

You will complete 40 credits from the following options:

Biomechanics (optional - 10 credits)
Light microscopy (optional – 10 credits)
Preclinical imaging (optional - 10 credits)
Neuro-anatomy (optional – 10 credits)
Body anatomy (optional – 10 credits)
Translational imaging (optional – 10 credits)
Cardiovascular imaging (optional – 10 credits)
Oncologic imaging (optional – 10 credits), and

Year 3: Masters
You will complete practical work (a project) and assessed activities.

Postgraduate Professional Development

If you are looking for a shorter course option, we offer online credit-bearing courses which run for 11 weeks at a time. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses through our Postgraduate Professional Development scheme. These credits will be recognised in their own right at postgraduate level, or may be put towards gaining a higher award, such as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Career opportunities

Clinical graduates will exit the programme with improved clinical image management skills, and will also be better able to advise companies and businesses which develop tools and techniques for their specialties, where imaging is required. For pre-clinically focused students, an imaging skill set expands academic possibilities and is more likely to assist with translational techniques necessary to bridge the preclinical and clinical sciences.

The degree will also be attractive as a preliminary qualification before undertaking career training in hospital Medical Physics (for physicists and engineers), as well as a preliminary qualification before taking a PhD or research scientist post involving medical physics, medical imaging, biomechanics in academia or industry.

Visit the Imaging MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in the fields of radiology, radiography, surgery, medicine and veterinary medicine, biology, biomedical sciences, physics, engineering, chemistry, light microscopy, preclinical / animal based research, pharmacology, image processing, image analysis, computer science, informatics, and infometrics.

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