Medical Imaging is an essential component of modern medicine, playing a key role in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease. The Medical Imaging MSc covers:
- the basic physics involved in the different imaging techniques
- image formation, pattern recognition and applications in the field of radiology
- current issues in a modern UK NHS radiology department.
Whilst not a clinical skills course, the teaching of the technical aspects of imaging techniques is firmly grounded and in their clinical usage. Many of our lecturers are at the forefront of research in their field and bring insights from emerging imaging techniques.
This programme is designed for recent graduates preparing for a career in medical imaging, professionals already working in the field, and medical students wishing to intercalate.
You can also study this subject at a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate level.
You may transfer from your original programme to another one, provided that you do this before you have completed the programme and before an award has been made. Part-time study is also an option.
You'll study modules worth 180 credits. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in each year.
Through the programme you'll become familiar with the range of clinical imaging techniques. By the end of it you should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical and mathematical aspects of image formation of several techniques;
- Identify the anatomical and physiological properties of tissue associated with image formation and contrast for several techniques;
- Analyse and compare the technical performance of various modalities;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the clinical applications of each technique, the variables involved and how they can be compared;
- Critically analyse the optimisation of combinations of imaging modalities for specific patient groups;
- Analyse the equipment and staff management issues associated with the use of modern technology in modern clinical practice;
- Apply IT in literature searching, analysis and display of data, and report writing to enhance lifelong learning in medical imaging;
- Demonstrate enhancement of their professional skills in communication, problem-solving, learning effectively and quickly, and effective self-management;
- Critically evaluate relevant published work, demonstrating an understanding of the underpinning principles of statistics, project design and data analysis;
- Plan and implement a research project.
As an MSc student, you undertake a research project in the field of Medical Imaging. New research topics are available each year and include projects in MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray and their clinical application. You'll be asked to state your preferred research project. Before projects are allocated, you are encouraged to meet potential supervisors and discuss the research work.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Principles for Medical Imaging Interpretation 15 credits
- Medical Imaging Core Skills 15 credits
- Digital Radiography and X-ray Computed Tomography 15 credits
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging 15 credits
- Ultrasound Imaging 15 credits
- Radionuclide Imaging 15 credits
- Medical Image Analysis 15 credits
- Research Methods 15 credits
- Research Project 60 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Medical Imaging MSc Full Time in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
All modules (except for your research project) are taught through traditional lectures, tutorials, practicals and computer based sessions. We also employ blended learning, combining online learning with other teaching methods.
You'll be taught about the underpinning science of the various imaging modalities, and we cover a range of clinical applications demonstrating the use of medical imaging in modern medicine. Many of the lecturers are at the forefront of research in their particular field and will bring insights from current clinical imaging practice and developments of new and emerging imaging techniques.
The taught modules are assessed by coursework and unseen written examinations. Exams are held during the University exam periods in January and May.
The research project is assessed in separate stages, where you submit a 1,000-word essay (20%), a 5,000-word journal-style research article (70%) and make an oral presentation (10%).
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a biological/physical science or radiography, or medicine or dentistry equivalent.
This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree (or international equivalent). Read more at Intercalation.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Medical Imaging admissions team.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
How to apply
- Apply (Full time)
- Apply (Part time)
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
School of Medicine Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: £9,250 (total)
International: £21,500 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Past graduates have gone on to enter careers in medical imaging or related disciplines, such as radiology and radiography. Often students are already working in the area, and use the skills and knowledge gained in the programme to enhance their careers. Students have gone on to take lecturer or research positions, and have also chosen to take post graduate research degrees (such as a PhD). As a intercalated degree for medical students the programme is useful for students considering radiology or many other medical specialties.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
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