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Medical Imaging Sciences MRes



Medical imaging is a rapidly developing field of growing importance both in patient management and clinical decision making and in drug development and evaluation. Dramatic developments in imaging both anatomy and molecular processes, especially using Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Research and development in the field is highly multi-disciplinary with key roles played by computing scientists and mathematicians, chemists, pharmacists, physicists, biologists, and of course clinicians. The Division of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering hosts a multidisciplinary team of academics directing a wide range of cutting-edge research projects, with an emphasis on translation “from bench to bedside”.

The MRes course consists of a taught programme of compulsory and optional modules in terms one and two and two medical imaging related research projects in terms two and three. Term starts with a 30 credit introductory module, this taught module is a compulsory introduction to the general area of medical imaging in all its forms and will give a firm grounding in the core elements of the course and prepare you for the research projects. Following this students can then choose optional modules worth 45 credits from a range of multidisciplinary modules from other masters’ programmes offered by the Division of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering:

  • MSc in Radiopharmaceutics & PET Radiochemistry

  • MSc in Medical Engineering and Physics

  • MSc in Nuclear Medicine: Science and Practice

  • MSc in Medical Engineering & Physics

  • MSc in Neuroimaging

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

‘Cardiovascular Stream’

The programme has a selection of Cardiovascular Imaging modules providing an introduction into Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Echocardiography and Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathophysiology. These modules are clinically applied courses which provide insight into short coverage of physics, clinical indications, strengths and evidence. We welcome applications from anyone with some background in Cardiovascular Imaging, and also from physicians, surgeons, technicians, cardiac physiologists and radiographers.

Key benefits

  • Access to state of the art preclinical and clinical imaging facilities

  • Clinically applied modules

  • Two 4 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 basic imaging science to be translated quickly into the clinic

  • May constitute first year of a 4-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 email 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 is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


Medical Imaging Sciences aims to provide graduates of chemistry, physics, computing, mathematics, biology, pharmacy or medicine, with advanced training in the imaging field. Intended mainly as preparation for a PhD, but also serves as training for employment in hospitals and industry. Key components are two research projects, which may be linked around different aspects of a single research area in medical imaging.

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

Taught modules are presented in a variety of formats, including lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals, site visits etc. Assessment is based on coursework and examination.

Both research projects are carried out under the supervision of academics within the Division’s five departments (Biomedical Engineering; Cancer Imaging; Cardiovascular Imaging; Imaging Chemistry and Biology and Perinatal Imaging and Health). Some research projects may take place in a collaborating laboratory elsewhere in King's or at a collaborating institution.



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

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£23,400 p.a. (2016/17)*

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Part time tuition Fees - Overseas


*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 - Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

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


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