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Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering Research MPhil/PhD

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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

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

Current number of post-doctoral research assistants: 137

Recent publication 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 ModellingCardiovascular 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 3-4 years Full-time, 6-7 years Part-time

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



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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.

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

Students 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

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King’s Admissions Office, Admissions and Registry Services, Floor 7, James Clerk Maxwell Building, 57 Waterloo Road, Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1032

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

IMBE Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  
  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject.

  • 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.

General entry advice

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

Application procedure

Studentships  will be advertised in New Scientist Study, Nature Jobs, findaphd.com, the King’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
Research Proposal Yes

The proposal should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.

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.

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 One reference is required, 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. We will open applications for an intake in 2020 after the final deadline passes in 2019.

  • January 2019 entry – 26th October 2018 for International students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
  • April 2019 entry – 15th February 2019 for International and Home/EU students
  • July 2019 entry - 17th May 2019 for International and Home/EU students

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

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 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £5,000 per year (MPhil/PhD)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,500 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,500 per year (MDRes)

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £5,300 per year (MPhil/PhD)

Part time tuition fees:

£2,650 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£2,650 per year (MDRes) 

International Tuition Fees 2018/19

Full time tuition fees: £22,050 per year (MPhil/PhD)

Part time tuition fees: 

£11,025 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£11,025 per year (MDRes)

International Tuition Fees 2019/20

Full time tuition fees: £23,400 (MPhil/PhD)

Part time tuition fees: 

£11,700 per year (MPhil/PhD)

£11,700 per year (MDRes) 

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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

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