IPEM accredits or co-accredits a number of higher education courses and training programmes in medical physics and biomedical engineering. Accreditation is independent recognition by IPEM, as the UK professional body for physics and engineering in medicine, that a university course or workplace training programme meets defined educational standards and has a suitable learning environment for its students. Accreditation standards vary between frameworks and are periodically updated as theory and practice, as well as teaching methods, evolve.
Accreditation involves independent scrutiny by IPEM using appointed assessors at periodic review periods, with IPEM accreditation normally awarded over several subsequent years. Awards are subject to the HEI or training programme undertaking specified framework activities, such as an annual audit return, and implementing any changes requested by a panel during this period.
Accreditation panels expect to liaise directly with programme directors. Comments received from students will be accepted only as part of the regular, periodic review of a course or programme.
A new framework for Masters programmes has been developed by IPEM. For full details about the process please click here.
As of 31 October 2016, the Universities listed in the table below have submitted the relevant documentation and their Masters programmes, as listed below, are currently being audited for re-accreditation. Once decisions have been confirmed the information in the table below will be updated.
Accredited until the end of the academic year
MSc Biomedical Engineering
Kings College London
MSc Clinical Sciences (Clinical Engineering)
MSc Clinical Sciences (Medical Physics)
MSc Medical Engineering and Physics
Queen Mary University of London
MSc Medical Electronics and Physics
University College London
MSc in Physics & Engineering in Medicine – Radiation Physics (Professional Body stream)
University of Glasgow
MSc Medical Physics
University of Strathclyde
University of Surrey
MSc Medical Physics (Euromasters)
MSc Medical Imaging
IPEM has worked with other professional institutions in assessing the following programmes for the Engineering Council. The Engineering Council has accredited the MEng and BEng courses below as fully satisfying the academic requirements for IEng, with MEng courses below additionally fully satisfying the academic requirements for CEng. MSc programmes below are approved by the Engineering Council as further learning.
BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering
Imperial College, London
BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering full-time and sandwich programmes
City, University of London
MEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering
MEng (Hons) Engineering Programme “Engineering for the Life Sciences” Pathway
MSc Biomedical Engineering with Biomaterial, Biomechanics, Medical Physics, Neurotechnology
Visit the Engineering Council website for more information.
The programmes listed below are accredited by the National school of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and are endorsed by IPEM:
BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Nuclear Medicine)
BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy Physics)
King's College Hospital, London
MSc Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering
University of Liverpool
MSc Medical Radiation Physics
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