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Medical Imaging Sciences MRes



Our multidisciplinary Medical Imaging Sciences MRes offers you the opportunity to undertake research in an exciting and rapidly evolving field. Medical imaging is growing in importance both in patient management and clinical decision making, and also in drug development and evaluation. You will work with a multidisciplinary team of academics directing a wide range of cutting-edge research projects, with an emphasis on putting ideas and theory into practice, literally “from bench to bedside”.

  • Access to state-of-the-art preclinical and clinical imaging facilities.
  • Clinically applied modules.
  • Two four-month research projects within the Imaging Sciences’ Wellcome/EPSRC Medical Engineering Centre or CRUK/EPSRC Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre.
  • Research facilities based within a hospital environment enabling you to quickly apply what you learn into the clinic.
  • May constitute first year of a four-year PhD.
  • Located in the heart of London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 10 FT.

Course leaders

Professor Philip Blower; Hans-Jörg Küller Rabaça

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Students must have a first class or high 2:1 BSc (honours) degree or overseas equivalent in a life sciences or physical sciences degree. MBBS students may also enter this programme interrupting their medical degree and therefore have already met their host institution's entry requirements. MBBS students can be admitted at any time following the third year of their programme. Immediately post-year three: entry is based on year three performance. Advanced years (four to five): students must complete their current year of study. External students need to obtain permission from their own medical school and provide evidence of their exam performance in the pre-clinical examinations.


Application procedure

Applications are considered on a first come first served basis and therefore you are advised to apply early.

Personal statement and supporting information

No information required.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.


Course detail


Our Medical Imaging Sciences programme aims to provide graduates of chemistry, physics, computing, mathematics, biology, pharmacy or medicine with advanced training in the imaging field. We have designed this course mainly to prepare you for a PhD, but it also serves as training for employment in hospitals and industry. The key components are two research projects, which may be built around different aspects of a single research area in medical imaging. Medical imaging is a rapidly expanding field that needs input from team members with knowledge and skills in these different areas (chemistry, physics, computing, mathematics, biology, pharmacy, medicine) to achieve its promise in improving patient care.

Our programme consists of required and optional taught modules in terms one and two, and two medical imaging-related research projects in terms two and three. You will begin with a 30-credit introductory module, which will introduce you to the general area of medical imaging in all its forms and give you a firm grounding in the core elements of the course and preparation for the later research projects. Following this, you will be able to choose optional modules from a range of multidisciplinary modules from other masters’ programmes offered by the Division of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering.

In term two you will take a required Research Skills module, and then begin your first research project. The final research project will be in your final term.

‘Cardiovascular Stream’

We also offer a selection of Cardiovascular Imaging modules, providing an introduction into Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathophysiology. We welcome applications from those with a background in Cardiovascular Imaging, and also from physicians, surgeons, technicians, cardiac physiologists and radiographers.

Further literature


Course purpose

Medical imaging is a rapidly expanding field that needs input from team members with knowledge and skills in these different areas (chemistry, physics, computing, mathematics, biology, pharmacy, medicine) to achieve its promise in improving patient care. The aim of this MRes programme is to provide students who have graduated in any of these subject areas with advanced training to prepare them to apply their specialist graduate skills in the imaging field. The programme is intended mainly as a preparation for a PhD in the field, at King's or elsewhere, but it also serves as training for employment in hospitals and industry.

Further literature

Course format and assessment


For every 30-credit module, you will typically spend 80 per cent of your study time at lectures or tutorials, and 20 per cent in labs over 24 full days. Each of these full days entails at least 6 hours of contact time. The rest of your time should be taken up with self-study, meaning you will work a standard 40 hours in total every week.


We will make use of a variety of assessment methods, including unseen written exams, practical laboratory work and reports, case studies and oral presentations, workshops, audio-visual presentations and laboratory- or library-based research projects. Both of your research projects will be supervised by our academics.



  • Required modules

    • Introduction to Medical Imaging Sciences (30 credits)
    • Research Skills (15 credits)
    • Medical Imaging Research Project 1, Group (30 credits)
    • Medical Imaging Research Project 2, Individual (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    Choose two to three modules totalling 45 credits from a range which typically includes:

    • Medical Imaging Chemistry 1 (15 credits)
    • Imaging Chemistry 2 (15 credits)
    • Medical Imaging Biology 1 (15 credits)
    • Imaging Biology 2 (15 credits)
    • Cardiovascular Imaging 1 (15 credits)
    • Cardiovascular Imaging 4 (15 credits)
    • Perinatal Imaging Sciences (15 credits)
    • Radiopharmaceutical & Regulatory Issues in Nuclear Medicine (15 credits)
    • Scientific Basis of Nuclear Medicine (15 credits)
    • Diagnostic Nuclear Oncology & Radionuclide Therapy (15 credits)
    • Medical Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation (15 credits)
    • Medical Imaging with Ionising Radiation (15 credits)
    • Applications of Neuroimaging (30 credits)
    • Practical Neuroimaging (30 credits)
    • Cyclotron Engineering and Nuclear Chemistry (30 credits)

    We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:


Career prospects

Expected destinations are study for PhD, employment (research or service) in the NHS and commercial nuclear medicine services, the pharmaceutical or medical engineering industry.


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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU


Part time tuition Fees - Overseas


*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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