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Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences MPhil/PhD MD/(Res)

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We are driven by our commitment to improve the way we deliver healthcare through the use of advanced engineering.

A diverse and talented group working across the whole Medtech sector, we advance research, innovation and teaching progress through our shared missing of engineering better health for patients worldwide. 

Our state-of-the-art and clinical-research facilities are embedded in St Thomas' Hospital where we can ensure our research projects are fully aligned with current clinical practice. Long-term collaborations with global MedTech companies and new partnerships with innovative start-ups ensure multiple pathways to translation. 

Research is organised into ambitious, large-scale and long-term research projects supported by our six departments. This diverse infrastructure allows us  to combine expertise and apply the latest healthcare concepts to deliver ground breaking results.

We pass this integrated approach to the next generation of healthcare specialist who study with our lecturers. Courses  with practical training and real-world application at their core, taking place at the UK's most research active NHS Trust.

REF2014: 99% of our research outputs were rated 4* and 3* in the unit of assessment for general engineering, and 99% of our overall performance achieved these ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ ratings.   

Research income: ~£13.5 million pa (for year ending 31 July 2018)

Current number of academic staff:  76 academics

Current number of graduate research students:  110 in total: MPhil/PhD 95; 15 MD(Res)

Current number of post-doctoral research assistants: 137

Recent publications include:

  1. Fast quantitative MRI using Controlled Saturation Magnetization Transfer A. G. Teixeira, R. P., Malik, S. J. & Hajnal, J. V. 14 Sep 2018 In : Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
  2. Hybrid positron emission tomography–magnetic resonance of the heart: current state of the art and future applications Nazir, M. S., Ismail, T. F., Reyes-Torres, E. M., Chiribiri, A., Kaufmann, P. A. & Plein, S. 1 Sep 2018 In : European Heart Journal-Cardiovascular Imaging. 19, 9, p. 962–974
  3. Magnetic resonance elastography in nonlinear viscoelastic materials under load  Capilnasiu, A., Hadjicharalambous, M., Fovargue, D., Patel, D., Holub, O., Bilston, L., Screen, H., Sinkus, R. & Nordsletten, D. 27 Aug 2018 In : Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.
  4. Motion-corrected whole-heart PET-MR for the simultaneous visualisation of coronary artery integrity and myocardial viability: an initial clinical validation  Munoz, C., Kunze, K. P., Neji, R., Vitadello, T., Rischpler, C., Botnar, R. M., Nekolla, S. G. & Prieto, C. 12 May 2018 In : European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. p. 1-12
  5. Personalized computational modeling of left atrial geometry and transmural myofiber architecture Fastl, T. E., Tobon-Gomez, C., Crozier, A., Whitaker, J., Rajani, R., McCarthy, K. P., Sanchez-Quintana, D., Ho, S. Y., O'Neill, M. D., Plank, G., Bishop, M. J. & Niederer, S. A. 1 Jul 2018 In : Medical Image Analysis. 47, p. 180-190

Current research project areas: 

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Simultaneous PET-MR Methodology
  • Biophysical Modelling
  • Cardiovascular MR
  • Machine learning
  • Mathematical Methods and artificial intelligence in medical imaging
  • Quantitative MRI
  • Surgical & Interventional Engineering
  • Biophotonics
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Medical imaging and computer vision
  • Mechatronics
  • Data sciences
  • Robotics, precision engineering
  • Cancer Imaging
  • Biomarker development, methodology, treatment planning
  • Disease phenotyping & response prediction / evaluation & prognosis
  • Development & optimisation of hybrid imaging
  • Image analysis, processing & optimisation, bioinformatics and radiomics
  • Multicentre clinical trials including programmes for clinical pathway development and optimisation
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Acquired Heart Disease
  • Electrophysiology
  • Heart Failure
  • Interventional MR
  • Paediatric Cardiology
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Imaging Chemistry & Biology
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Musculoskeletal
  • New Chemistry
  • Perinatal Imaging & Health
  • Biology of cerebral injury and developmental disorders
  • Brain imaging particularly in utero and in the neonatal period
  • Clinical trials of novel therapies neuroprotective therapies


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Key information

Duration MPhil/ PhD:Three to four years full-time, six to seven years part-time. MD(Res): Two to three years full-time, four to five years part-time.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences



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Course detail


The School brings together physicists, chemists, biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and clinicians working in biomedical engineering, medical imaging and image-guided therapy into six departments: Surgical and Interventional Engineering, 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. On-going projects range from the development of new imaging agents and technology and computational image analysis, machine learning 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.

For further information about the research within the School, please refer to the School website.

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.  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 and their progress is monitored closely and reported on every six months. Students have access to excellent laboratory facilities for radiochemistry and radiobiology, PET, SPECT and MR imaging facilities.

Postgraduate training

As well as access to the taught modules on the MRes in Medical Imaging Sciences, students in Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences can supplement their training through Departmental Seminars and our CDT programme of Advanced Skills sessions and Seminar Series.   Our postgraduate students also have the opportunity to assist with teaching of undergraduates as demonstrators in practical classes or by leading tutorials.

Head of group/division

Professor Sebastien Ourselin

Contact for information

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Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000

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School contacts

PGR Lead: Professor Andrew Reader





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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in Applied Mathematics / Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering or another engineering-related discipline, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Medicine, Physics

A 2:2 degree may be considered only where applicants also offer a Master's degree with Merit or above.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.



Please do not complete an application form until you have spoken with and have confirmation from your preferred supervisor.

Information about research staff can be found on King’s Research Portal here: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/  

Application procedure

Studentships will be advertised on findaphd.comNaturejobs, the College’s Health Schools Studentships website or on www.jobs.ac.uk.

All applicants are required to complete the KCL online application form.  Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by at least two academics. Please do not complete an application form until you have spoken with and have confirmation from your preferred supervisor.


Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes

A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.

 References Yes

Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.

 Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Course intake

No set number

Application closing date

The deadlines for applications are detailed below. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. 

  • February 2021 entry – 23rd October 2020 for international applicants and 23rd November 2020 for Home/EU applicants 

  • June 2021 entry - 12th April 2021 for international and Home/EU applicants 

  • October 2021 entry – 30th July 2021 for international/EU applicants and 27th August 2021 for Home applicants 

  • February 2022 entry – 12th November 2021 for international/EU applicants and 6th December 2021 for Home applicants 

  • June 2022 entry – 1st April 2022 for international/EU applicants and 11th April 2022 for Home applicants 

Applications for 2022/23 academic year will open from October 2021. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees:

£5,560 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,560 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,560 per year (MDRes)

£5,560 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:  

£2,780 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,780 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,780 per year (MDRes)

£2,780 per year (MDRes Clinical)

UK Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees:

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£5,850 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£5,850 per year (MDRes)

£5,850 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:  

£2,925 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,925 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£2,925 per year (MDRes)

£2,925 per year (MDRes Clinical)

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

International Tuition Fees 2020/21

Full time tuition fees: 

£24,570 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£46,720 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£24,570 per year (MDRres)

£46,720 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£12,285 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£23,360 (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£12,285 per year (MDRes)

£23,360 per year (MDRes Clinical)

International Tuition Fees 2021/22

Full time tuition fees: 

£25,800 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£49,050 per year (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£25,800 per year (MDRres)

£49,050 per year (MDRes Clinical)

Part time tuition fees:

£12,900 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£24,525 (MPhil/PhD Clinical)

£12,900 per year (MDRes)

£24,525 per year (MDRes Clinical)

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

Financial help and support

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Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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