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University of Aberdeen Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Location: Aberdeen, United Kingdom Duration: see details Fees/total cost: EUR 6,072.30 (GBP 4,500.00) - EUR 23,209.68 (GBP 17,200.00)



The University of Aberdeen has an internationally renowned reputation for the development of new techniques for medical imaging, including being the first place in the world to build and use a whole body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner.

The use of imaging techniques in medicine has been, and continues to be, an area of vast expansion. The specialities of this programme include the full range of medical imaging modalities, including Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), MRI and Ultrasound.

The University’s world class equipment and facilities will provide you with unrivalled insight into medical imaging. Gaining a degree from the University of Aberdeen, with its long history of delivering medical imaging programmes, will add significant credibility to your qualification.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MSc programme which runs in September.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science (BP5003)

This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, in order to develop a basic understanding of cells, tissues and organs and how they may be altered by disease. The course also includes a range of topics around Professional Issues, Management of Medical Physics, Statistics and Safety.

Imaging in Medicine (BP5005)

This course provides instruction in the basic physics and engineering principles of imaging techniques used in medicine. It also provides an overview of the range of applications of imaging techniques in the modern medical environment. The course covers Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, Radiodiagnosis (X-ray imaging), Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasound Imaging.

Radiation in Medicine (BP5008)

This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of radiation physics, including the mechanisms of interaction of radiation with matter. The basic concepts and techniques of radiation therapy are covered, as are the fundamentals of radiation protection. Applications of non-ionising radiation in medicine are also covered.

Computing and Electronics in Medicine (BP5009)

This course provides an introduction to underlying principles and practical examples of computing in medical physics. Hands-on learning is provided to build confidence with computer software. The course also covers basic concepts of analogue and digital electronics and its application in a clinical setting.

Generic Skills (GS50M1)

This course will improve your employability skills. I-SEE (Individualised self-assessment to enhance employability) is a bespoke online resource developed to help identify your strengths and areas needing improvement. The self-assessment process allows you to identify development areas for employability skills like communication, IT and numeracy skills and personal attributes like creativity, organisation and timekeeping, flexibility, team working. This leads to automated, tailored feedback and signposting to self-study to assist in improving your CV. Reflection and an e-portfolio will assist in articulation of these enhanced skills/attributes during mock interviews. Some sessions are compulsory, but otherwise it involves self-directed learning.

Semester 2

Optional Courses

Students must choose four of the following courses. The courses taken must include at least one of courses BP5502 or BP5505

Radiotherapy and Radiation Physics (BP5501)

This course covers all aspects of radiotherapy physics including radiobiology of radiotherapy treatment, charged particle therapy, dosimetry, treatment planning, brachytherapy, radiotherapy equipment, quality assurance, safety and radiation protection in radiotherapy. In addition to attending lectures and tutorials, students spend time in the state-of-the-art Radiotherapy department of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, to attend demonstrations in CT treatment planning, gynaecological brachytherapy, megavoltage beam data acquisition and linear accelerator QA. Hands-on practical sessions are also held there. The course involves a high degree of student participation, including class discussion sessions following prescribed reading, tutorials and practicals.

Nuclear Medicine & Positron Emission Tomography (BP5502)

You will gain hands-on experience of a modern gamma camera during the practical. Departmental visits allow access to state-of-the-art imaging systems and radioisotope production facilities. Lectures are delivered by experienced clinical staff and leading academics. They reflect current best clinical practice and provide content around research methods and analysis techniques. This ensures the course remains current and reflects the full range of applications of the technique. It provides an overview of career possibilities in medical imaging applications of radiation and provides a knowledge base to make informed choices around future careers or study.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (BP5503)

The wide range of related subjects covered, including basic Magnetic Resonance Imaging theory, practical applications and hands on experience, gives you a broad understanding of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

You will be in the advantageous position of learning in an environment that was pivotal in the early development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and continues to contribute to its development.

The lecturers will be academics who are leading researchers, to ensure the course content is rooted in today’s best practice and science.

Medical Electronics and Instrumentation (BP5504)

This course covers electronic instrumentation used for physiological measurements in the hospital environment. Students will gain in-depth understanding of technological and physiological processes in medical devices, and of the need for medical equipment management, including quality assurance, maintenance and safety testing. Students will also gain experience of designing, constructing and testing electronic circuits for physiological measurement.

Medical Image Processing and Analysis (BP5505)

  • Includes both background theory and hands-on practical work, providing an excellent basis for a career working with images/imaging systems/image-related applications and techniques
  • Covers both standard image processing methods (as a basis for general expertise) together with some of the major high level applications used in the Medical Imaging community (which will also provide bullet points on your experience portfolio)
  • Provides coaching in practical skills using Matlab, ImageJ and similar tools, to develop your expertise in the rapid development of imaging applications
  • Includes short project work, to develop your ability to tackle more significant (and therefore more realistic) standalone imaging-based problems

Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection (BP5506)

The Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection Deeper Study will give you to opportunity to learn about a wide range of diagnostic modalities used in clinical practice, such as computed and digital radiography, fluoroscopy, CT and mammography. You will also learn about Radiation Protection legislation in the UK and how this is applied. The course will include hands-on practical work in ARI where you will have the opportunity to use x-ray equipment and a variety of detectors. This course provides a solid knowledge base for going on to work in a medical physics department.

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

MSc Project for Programmes in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging (BP5901)

This course comprises a research project, lasting approximately 13 weeks (including write-up time). The project is intended to encourage development of interest in a particular aspect of the overall field of study. The student will also develop an understanding of research methods and skills including information retrieval, planning a work schedule and organisation of a working routine. Other transferrable skills that will be developed include initiative and independent thought by the student as well as the communication skills required for production of a thesis and for delivery of an oral presentation on the project.

Masters - Part time

Start date:
2 Years
Teaching method:
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Tuition fees

Masters - Full time

Start date:
1 Year
Teaching method:
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
EUR 6,072.30 (GBP 4,500.00)
EUR 23,209.68 (GBP 17,200.00)
Additional Information:
Fees 2016/17
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
University accredited:
Last update: 24/08/2016