MSc Advanced Biomedical Imaging - London

4 days left

University College London (UCL)
28 Jul 2017
25 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

MSc Advanced Biomedical Imaging
University College London
Application deadline: 31st August 2017
Duration: 1 year full time.

"In the last century biological imaging has changed our view of ourselves and the world around us" Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Laureate and President of the Royal Society

Over the last four decades biomedical imaging has revolutionised biological research and clinical medicine. Innovations continue at increasing pace, new technologies are being introduced to guide and monitor therapies, as well as novel approaches to both biology and medicine. The UK is leading in the development of many imaging technologies, but progress in academia, industry and medicine is hampered by a severe shortage of new biomedical imaging scientists in this exciting field.

This MSc, taught by leading scientists and clinicians, will equip students with detailed knowledge of the advanced preclinical imaging techniques which provide new insights into cellular, molecular and functional processes, preparing them for a PhD, a career in industry, academia or medical specialities. The programme focuses on the development, validation and use of preclinical and experimental imaging technologies (MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, Ultrasound, Bioluminescence, and Microscopy) to identify disease biomarkers essential for detection, monitoring and prevention of illnesses including cancer, heart diseases and neurodegeneration.

You will undertake an independent research-based project in UCL's world-class laboratories and be closely linked to The UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, a unique research environment with 11 state-of-the-art preclinical imaging technologies. Biomedical imaging is an interdisciplinary field and we bring together biology, medicine, physics, computing, engineering, communication skills, and even art.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a scientific or medical discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If English is not your first language, 6.5 IELTS or 92 IBT TOEFL.

Fees and funding 2017/18
UK/EU: GBP12,680. Overseas: GBP24,140

The Division of Medicine is offering three postgraduate taught bursaries of GBP5000 each to students eligible to pay for fees at the UK/EU rate.

Contact information

Mr Matthew Brown, Programmes Administrator (0)

To apply, please click on the 'Apply' button.


Advanced Biomedical Imaging Techniques I

Preclinical imaging offers a window into the physiology of living models of human disease. This module will cover the fundamental principles behind the major imaging modalities used in preclinical imaging: Light imaging, MRI, nuclear imaging and ultrasound. As the module progresses, students will understand how their unique properties can be used to answer key questions in order to better understand and treat human diseases.

Advanced Biomedical Imaging Techniques II

This module builds on MEDCG020 to describe the more advanced pre-clinical imaging modalities within light imaging, MRI and nuclear imaging. The module will cover cutting-edge techniques such as functional MRI (fMRI), optical projection tomography and nuclear medicine tracer kinetics and quantification. The core teaching within this module will run in parallel and practical workshops/demonstrations.

Practical Preclinical Research

Preclinical research is essential for understanding disease and developing new therapies. This module will firstly introduce the concept of preclinical research and model systems in biomedicine, from bacterial cultures, to lower organisms, small animals, large animals and finally man. Students will then undertake the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 UCL Training Courses Modules 1-4 to become fully trained for preclinical research, followed by tutorials to aid completion of forms required to obtain a Home Office Personal Licence.

Statistics in Medical Research

The course aims to teach the students the essential elements of research methodology and statistics. The focus is mainly on interpretation and understanding appropriate methodology. At the end of the course participants will have acquired the essential skills for performing basic methodological aspects of health care research and understanding, reviewing and using published research.

Ethics and Regulation of Research

A good understanding of the ethics and regulations governing medical research is vital for the next generation of leaders in the field. This module will introduce conflicting interests, regulation and ethics; the legal and moral framework governing consent and risk; and an introduction to intellectual property law. Finally the regulatory, moral and ethical aspects of clinical trials and access to new medicines will be explored.

Translational Biomedical Imaging of Disease and Therapy I & II

Preclinical imaging can determine the mechanisms of pathology in living models of human disease. These modules (I & II) will explore how advanced imaging methods are used to develop and test novel therapies in preclinical models of disease. Experimental therapies for cancer, cardiovascular and neurological diseases will be discussed, and the opportunities for using imaging to monitor and guide optimisation of therapies will be presented. An overview of how these methods and approaches have been translated to the clinic will also be provided.

Science Communication for Biomedicine

Good communication is essential for a scientist, be it sharing ideas with colleagues, engaging with the public, or writing articles for scientific journals of the press. This module will cover a range of approaches for communicating complex scientific ideas in an understandable and interesting fashion to a range of audiences. Biomedical imaging is an excellent topic for learning how to communicate science, as highly complex technology is utilized to create an image understandable to all. The module will include presentations to audiences with different backgrounds (general scientific, general public, school children) and written assignments in the form of newspaper articles - the best of which will be published online.

Research Project

The research project will give the students an opportunity to be involved in the cutting edge research that takes place in CABI. Previous projects have included i) develop a new MRI technique to measure vascular oxygenation and apply it to a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease; ii) design and validate new techniques for acute imaging of lung tumours using CT; iii) optimising accurate quantification of PET and SPECT in partnership with In-vicro; iv) creating a computer model that simulates water movement in subcutaneous tumours.