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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.

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Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Course intake Approximately 5-6.

Course leaders

Dr. Enrico De Vita


Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

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


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)

Further literature

Course format and assessment


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


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 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) for specific combinations of modules (Medical Physics) or Clinical Engineering streams).


This course is taught across many of the King’s College London campuses, including Denmark Hill, Guy’s, St Thomas’s, Waterloo and Strand.  

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • 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 (30 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)

On the Clinical Engineering stream, 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

In addition, you are required to take 45 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include: 

  • Radiotherapy Physics (15 credits)
  • Medical Imaging with Ionising Radiation (15 credits)
  • Medical Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation (15 credits)
  • Radiation Safety (15 credits)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering (15 credits)
  • Management of Medical Equipment (15 credits)
  • Medical Engineering Design and Software Development (15 credits)

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.


Entry requirements & how to apply

MEP Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1 Minimum 2:1 degree in a physical or engineering science or equivalent.
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.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Each application is assessed by at least two academics. Selection is on the basis of an application form and references. Selected applicants may be interviewed in person, by telephone or by alternative arrangements.

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). Please provide information to support your application (work experience, conference/seminar presentations, other interest in medical physics/engineering etc) and a list of the optional modules you are most interested in.

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.
Reference 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 Yes You are required to submit a CV (Resume) of 2 pages maximum.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

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

  • Full time Home fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

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


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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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 fees, 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 handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.


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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