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Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering (Research Division) MPhil/PhD

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• REF2014: Ranked first in terms of the overall proportion of our submissions ranked at 4* or 3* (Unit of Assessment 15 – General Engineering).

• Research income: The expansion of the Division's research capacity over the last 5 years is reflected in the growth of competitively won research income which has increased to over £40m in 2011/12. This is primarily due to the award of a number of strategic grants, and the creation of two new research departments in Biomedical Engineering and Perinatal Imaging and Health

• Current number of academic staff: 70

• Current number of research students: 107

• Recent publications: Papers have been published in the Lancet, Nature Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Medicine, Journal of Bone & Mineral Research, Medical Image Analysis, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Circulation, Dalton Transactions.

• Current research projects:

o Wellcome/EPSRC- Medical Engineering Centre

o CRUK/EPSRC Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre

o Grand Challenges: Translating Biomedical Modelling into the Heart of the Clinic

o euHEART: Personalised & Integrated Cardiac Care: Patient-specific Cardiovascular Modelling and Simulation for In Silico Disease Understanding & Management and for Medical Device Evaluation & Optimization

o HYPERImage: Hybrid PET-MR system for concurrent ultra-sensitive imaging

o Virtual Anatomy Trainer for Minimal Access Surgery (VATMAS)

o Magnetic Resonance Guided Therapy of Cardiac Arrhythmia (MaRGiTA)

o NCRI: PET Research Network

o Quantitative assessment of with intravascular contrast agents

o Small animal PET imaging for translational biomedical research

o Electrophysiology Platform for Image-Guided Arrhythmia Management (EPIGRAM)

o Time resolved whole-heart cardiac imaging using highly parallel magnetic resonance

o Electro-anatomical fusion for guiding EP procedures and patient-specific modelling and electrophysiology platform for image-guided arrhythmia management

o New fluorine chemistry for PET (F-18) and MRI (F-19) imaging

o Copper radionuclide complexes for PET imaging of hypoxia

o PET Imaging of Thyroid Cancer with F-18 Labelled Tetrafluoroborate

o MRI as an interventional tool in children with heart disease.

• Partner organisations:

o Philips Healthcare

o Antisoma

o Bayer Schering Pharma

o Berlin Heart GmbH

o Bracco

o Bristol-Myers Squibb

o Covidien Petten (Netherlands)


o EPIX-Medical

o Ferropharm

o GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, USA

o GE Imanet

o GE Uppsala

o German Cancer Research Center

o Hansen Medical

o HemoLab BV

o IXICO (Derek Hill)

o Lantheus Medical Imaging

o Miltenyi Biotec

o Nordic NeuroLabs, Bergen, Norway

o Novartis

o Pfizer Central Research, Grotton, New York, USA

o PolyDimensions GmbH

o St. Jude Medical

o Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Osaka Japan

o Volcano Europe SA/NV

o Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam (Jos Spaan)

o Aarhus, Denmark (Th. S. Sorensen)

o Barts/Queen Mary

o Cleveland Clinic (Scott Flamm)

o Fremantle Australia (Re-188 therapy)

o German Heart Institute Berlin (Titus Kühne, Inga Grünwald)

o Harvard Medical School (Reza Nezafat, Warren Manning)

o Hospital Clínico San Carlos de Madrid Insalud

o Imperial College London (D. Rueckert, J. Hajnal)

o INRIA, Nice (Nicolas Ayache)

o INSERM, Rennes (Jean-Louis Coatrieux)

o Institut für Herzinfarktforschung, Ludwigshafen (Jochen Senges)

o Institute for Biomedical Engineering University and ETH Zurich (Sebastian Kozerke and Peter Boesiger)

o Johns Hopkins (Nael Osman, Matthias Stuber)

o Mannheim University of Applied Sciences (Ivo Wolf)

o Mayo Clinic (Erik Ritman)

o Medical College Wisconsin (Dan Beard)

o Mediso, Budapest

o Mie University (Hajime Sakuma)

o NIBIB, NIH, Bethesda (Rod Pettigrew, Robert Lederman)

o Oxford University (Nic Smith)

o Santiago de Chile (P. Irarrázaval)

o Skejby University Hospital, Aarhus (Yong Kim, T Sangild)

o Technische Universität München (Markus Schwaiger)

o The University of Sheffield (Rod Hose)

o TU-Munich (M. Schwaiger)

o University College London (Dave Hawkes), UCL Cancer Imaging centre

o University of Auckland (Peter Hunter)

o University of Bordeaux (Chrit Moonen)

o University of Kent

o University of Hull

o University of Leeds (Sven Plein)

o University of Leiden (Albert de Roos)

o University Sao Paolo, Brazil

o University of Sarawak, Malaysia (Annuar Rapaee)

o University of Washington, Seattle (Chun Yuan)

o Universitaet Karlsruhe (O. Doessel)

o Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (A. Frangi)

o Washington University in St Louis (Sam Wickline, M Welsh).

Key information

Duration Expected to be three years FT or up to six years PT. Registration normally is in October although students may commence in January, April and July. Some studentships are four years FT.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

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The Division brings together physicists, chemists, biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and clinicians working in medical imaging and image-guided therapy into five departments: Cardiovascular Imaging, Cancer Imaging, Biomedical Engineering, Imaging Chemistry and Biology, and Perinatal Imaging and Health. We are keen to recruit PhD students from all these disciplines.

All imaging modalities are studied including MR, X-ray, CT, ultrasound, PET and SPECT as well as therapeutic nuclear medicine. Ongoing projects range from the development of new imaging agents and technology and computational image analysis and modelling, through to the clinical assessment of new imaging methods.

We have a wide range of work from studies of the basic science of imaging to research into specific clinical areas such as cardiology, neuropsychiatry, oncology, radiotherapy and surgery. Our work is carried out in close collaboration with other groups within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and associated hospitals.

Course study environment

The emphasis in the study environment is on interdisciplinarity and translation to the clinic, and students work in an environment in which close interaction with colleagues from other complementary disciplines is the norm. Office space is provided in a semi-open plan environment shared by chemists, physicists, biologists, image processing specialists and medics. Students are part of the Biomedical Forum in which graduate scientists and clinical fellows communicate ideas and results, facilitating mutual understanding of each other's language and ethos, and in turn leading to rapid translation of research to clinical application. In accord with wider Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine practice, each student has at least two supervisors, strengthening the cross-disciplinary nature of the training. Students have access to excellent laboratory facilities for radiochemistry and radiobiology, PET, SPECT and MR imaging facilities.

Postgraduate training

As well as the transferable skills packages offered by King's, students in Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering have access to taught modules constituting the three MSc packages offered by the division: Radiopharmaceutics & PET Radiochemistry, Nuclear Medicine, and Medical Engineering & Physics. This is an invaluable resource to facilitate rapid induction of graduates with a strong grounding in conventional science subjects into the world of medical imaging.

Head of group/division

Professor Reza Razavi

Contact for information

Rachel Molloy

Contact email

rachel.molloy@kcl.ac.uk, pg-healthadmissions@kcl.ac.uk

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above.

Application procedure

Studentships offered by the Division will be advertised in New Scientist Study, Nature Jobs, findaphd.com, the College’s Health Schools Studentships website or on www.jobs.ac.uk.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by at least two academics. Proposed research projects must be approved by the School Postgraduate Research Committee before an offer can be made.

The Division also host an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Medical Imaging. For more information about the CDT please visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm /research/divisions/imaging/study/imaging-centre/index.aspx

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide information on the general area or specific research project you wish to study, information about your research experience and, for self-funded applicants, details of how you plan to fund yourself.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 and 2017 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

July 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 20th May 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.

January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2nd December 2016 for UK/EU students. 

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,600 p.a. (MD Res, 2016/17)*

£4,600 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, 2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£10,000 p.a. (MD Res, 2016/17)*

£20,000 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£2,300 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees – Overseas

£10,000 p.a. (MPhil/PhD, 2016/17)*

*This tuition fee maybe be subject to annual increases.

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