Course Information
Dates: 01/09/2023, 12:00 - 01/09/2024, 12:00
Venue: University College London
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University College London - MSc Physics and Engineering in Medicine (Accredited Radiation Physics Route)

This programme pathway is designed for students with an interest in the engineering aspects of technology that are applied in modern medicine. Students gain an understanding of the biomedical engineering principles and practices used in hospitals, industries and research laboratories through lectures, problem-solving sessions, a research project and collaborative work.

Students study in detail the engineering and physics principles that underpin modern medicine, and learn to apply their knowledge to established and emerging technologies for example in cancer treatment, medical imaging and patient monitoring. The programme covers the physics and engineering applications across the diagnosis and measurement of the human body and its physiology; as well as the electronic and computational skills needed to apply this theory in practice. A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Who this course is for

The programme is particularly suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in physics or engineering who wish to develop an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving in health care, and in particular those seeking employment as clinical or biomedical engineers in hospital, industry or university environments.

What this course will give you

The MSc programme is offered by UCL's Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering: a hub for interdisciplinary research and collaborations between computer scientists, physicists, mechanical engineers, biomedical scientists and medical practitioners across UCL and its affiliated teaching hospitals. Students joining this Department benefit from its network of internationally leading research, learning directly from the research staff in this close-knit community. The Research Excellence Framework in 2021 rated the department’s research as 97% 4* ("world-leading") or 3* ("internationally excellent") and UCL was the second-rated university in the UK for research strength.

Students have access to a wide range of workshop, laboratory, teaching and clinical facilities in the department and associated hospitals. A large range of scientific equipment is available for research involving radiotherapy, proton therapy, nuclear magnetic resonance, optics, acoustics, x-ray imaging, electrical implant development, robotic surgery interventions as well as the biomedical engineering facilities at the Royal Free Hospital and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.


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