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Medical Engineering & Physics MSc

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Our Medical Engineering & Physics MSc is an award-winning course taught by leading scientists and academics who have played a central role in the evolution of medical physics, medical engineering and clinical sciences. The course will give you a sound knowledge of physical and engineering science as it applies to medicine.

Key benefits

  • Award-winning students and course (more than 10 awards).
  • High-quality teaching using traditional and modern methods.
  • Delivered by more than 30 core lecturers. Most are full members and fellows of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and many are leading national and international specialists.

Our course is ideal if you are a graduate of the physical and engineering sciences who wants to gain a broad view of the field and to specialise in medical physics/engineering. The modules are also recognised by the UK National Health Service. You will study alongside trainee clinical scientists who undertake the modules of this MSc to fulfil the academic component of their training to become state registered Clinical Scientists. Recent awards: • IPEM President’s Award (MSc Director) (2015) • Medical Physics Zone winner (2015) • SRP Young Professional Award (2015) • UK Mercia Award for Medical Engineering (2015, 2017) • King's Experience Global Award (2016) • Healthcare Science Rising Star Award (2016, 2017) • IPEM Medal (MSc Board Chair) (2017) • IPEM Academic Early Career Award (2017) • IPEM Quantitative MRI conference best oral presentation (2018) • British Nuclear Medicine Society, 1st Student Prize (2018) • IPEM President’s Prize (2018) • 3rd Congress on Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Assessment, Presentation Award (2019) • IPEM Healthcare Early Career Award (2019) • IPEM National Prize for Medical Physicists Short Stories (2020)

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

You will receive approximately 400 contact hours, which includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and feedback with our expert staff. We will expect you to undertake approximately 800 hours of self- study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and exams.

    In a typical module, coursework contributes approximately 30% and examinations approximately 70% to your final mark.

    The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

    Course accreditation

    Accredited by the UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) for specific combination of modules (Medical Physics or Clinical Engineering streams).

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totaling 180 credits. Please note: Unfortunately the Clinical Engineering stream modules will not be available for 2022-23 entry. King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Healthcare Science & Research Methods (30 credits)
    Research Project (60 credits)

    On the Medical Physics stream, you are additionally required to take the following modules:

    Introduction to Medical Physics (15 credits)
    Radiation Physics for Imaging & Radiotherapy (15 credits)

    Alongside three of the following four modules:

    Radiotherapy Physics (15 credits)
    Medical Imaging with Ionising Radiation (15 credits)
    Medical Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation (15 credits)
    Radiation Safety (15 credits)

    Please note: Unfortunately the Clinical Engineering stream modules will not be available for 2022-23 entry. On the Clinical Engineering stream (not available for 2022-23 entry), you are additionally required to take the following modules:

    Introduction to Clinical Engineering (30 credits)
    Biomechanical & Clinical Measurements (15 credits)
    Rehabilitation Engineering (15 credits)
    Management of Medical Equipment (15 credits)
    Medical Engineering Design & Software Development (15 credits)

    Optional modules

    There are no optional modules.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    The majority of our students are employed within a year of graduating. Many will work in healthcare (in the UK NHS or their home countries). Others will undertake post-graduate studies in leading academic institutions, or be employed in the private sector.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

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

    Deposit

    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 deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handout
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    Our course is ideal if you are a graduate of the physical and engineering sciences who wants to gain a broad view of the field and to specialise in medical physics/engineering. The modules are also recognised by the UK National Health Service. You will study alongside trainee clinical scientists who undertake the modules of this MSc to fulfil the academic component of their training to become state registered Clinical Scientists. Recent awards: • IPEM President’s Award (MSc Director) (2015) • Medical Physics Zone winner (2015) • SRP Young Professional Award (2015) • UK Mercia Award for Medical Engineering (2015, 2017) • King's Experience Global Award (2016) • Healthcare Science Rising Star Award (2016, 2017) • IPEM Medal (MSc Board Chair) (2017) • IPEM Academic Early Career Award (2017) • IPEM Quantitative MRI conference best oral presentation (2018) • British Nuclear Medicine Society, 1st Student Prize (2018) • IPEM President’s Prize (2018) • 3rd Congress on Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Assessment, Presentation Award (2019) • IPEM Healthcare Early Career Award (2019) • IPEM National Prize for Medical Physicists Short Stories (2020)

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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    Teaching methods - what to expect

    You will receive approximately 400 contact hours, which includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and feedback with our expert staff. We will expect you to undertake approximately 800 hours of self- study.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and exams.

      In a typical module, coursework contributes approximately 30% and examinations approximately 70% to your final mark.

      The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

      Course accreditation

      Accredited by the UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) for specific combination of modules (Medical Physics or Clinical Engineering streams).

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totaling 180 credits. Please note: Unfortunately the Clinical Engineering stream modules will not be available for 2022-23 entry. King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Healthcare Science & Research Methods (30 credits)
      Research Project (60 credits)

      On the Medical Physics stream, you are additionally required to take the following modules:

      Introduction to Medical Physics (15 credits)
      Radiation Physics for Imaging & Radiotherapy (15 credits)

      Alongside three of the following four modules:

      Radiotherapy Physics (15 credits)
      Medical Imaging with Ionising Radiation (15 credits)
      Medical Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation (15 credits)
      Radiation Safety (15 credits)

      Please note: Unfortunately the Clinical Engineering stream modules will not be available for 2022-23 entry. On the Clinical Engineering stream (not available for 2022-23 entry), you are additionally required to take the following modules:

      Introduction to Clinical Engineering (30 credits)
      Biomechanical & Clinical Measurements (15 credits)
      Rehabilitation Engineering (15 credits)
      Management of Medical Equipment (15 credits)
      Medical Engineering Design & Software Development (15 credits)

      Optional modules

      There are no optional modules.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      The majority of our students are employed within a year of graduating. Many will work in healthcare (in the UK NHS or their home countries). Others will undertake post-graduate studies in leading academic institutions, or be employed in the private sector.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £14,070 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

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

      Deposit

      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 deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • library fees and fines
      • personal photocopies
      • printing course handout
      • society membership fees
      • stationery
      • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • graduation costs

      Funding

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