The Medical Physics stream replaces the MSc in Engineering and Physical Science in Medicine that has been successfully offered by the Department since 1991. The Medical Physics stream trains graduates in the physical understanding required for healthcare and medical research, focusing on clinical imaging systems (especially MRI, ultrasound, x-ray and optical techniques), as well as the signal and image processing methods needed for design and optimal use of such systems in diagnosis and research.
The aim of the programme is to train students in engineering methods as applied to medicine,
to equip them to perform healthcare and medical research using engineering principles, and
to be able to design and understand the use of medical equipment.
• Objectives of the programme are to
• Train students in the physical understanding of human physiology
• Train students in engineering methods that can be applied in healthcare
• Teach students in the principles of operation of medical imaging and
physiological monitoring equipment
• Teach the principles of radiation as used in clinical diagnosis and treatment
Numbers in brackets are taught hours. C=core element, S=specialist element.
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Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
An upper second class or equivalent first degree is required, together with a satisfactory English test
result for non-native speakers and a satisfactory personal statement.
Selection is performed by the MSc course co-ordinator on the basis of academic performance and
exam results and the personal statement, working closely with the Higher Degrees Office in Registry,
who provide advice on the equivalence of foreign degrees. References are always taken, and where
there are special circumstances or in borderline cases applicants are interviewed.
The Department of Bioengineering has 5 partial scholarships (£5000 each) for this course. These scholarships provide partial funding for students undertaking the one-year MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London on a full-time basis commencing in October 2015. Scholarships may be awarded to any student regardless of country of origin, but are unlikely to be awarded to those who already have external funding for the course. Selection will be based on academic excellence, however an applicant’s financial need may also be considered; for this reason applicants will normally summarise their financial circumstances clearly in their application. To be eligible you must have applied for the course, and be holding an offer by the 31 March 2015. Applicants who meet these criteria will then be automatically put forward and will be notified if they are successful.