To disseminate imaging knowledge, skills & understanding, to enable effective & efficient imaging clinically, in research & in industry.
Aims of our flexible, intermittent, part-time, online learning (OL) programme:
- to provide an understanding of imaging theory, techniques, analysis & applications
- to develop research planning & designing skills, incorporating imaging
- to enable interpretation & analysis of relevant imaging data
- to relate imaging research to clinical applications
Access world-class teaching at the University of Edinburgh, while maintaining your local professional & personal commitments where you live, thereby keeping down costs by not being resident in Edinburgh.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
You may choose to study for Certificate, Diploma or Masters level.
You may take up to 30 credits per semester, 60 credits per year.
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)
Aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. We offer online credit-bearing courses which run for 11 weeks at a time. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses, you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to study towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Online Learning options. Please note that individual elective courses will only run if there is a minimum of 3 students taking the course.
- Describe the full range of imaging theory, techniques, analysis and applications.
- Discuss how imaging is used to investigate both normal and abnormal processes and functions (clinically and in research).
- Feel confident to undertake well designed, methodologically sound and practical research using imaging.
- Create a study design methodology.
- Analyse results and use statistics as applied to imaging studies.
- Be aware of health and safety regulations and legislation related to imaging.
- Translate from basic imaging research to the clinical arena.
- Be empowered to take a critical view of existing research particularly with an awareness of reproducibility and reliability of techniques, sources of bias in research and clinically.
- Demonstrate innovation before discussing and presenting their work to their peers.
- Development of skills in grant and research proposal formulation.
- Develop the tools to initiate and execute research autonomously and produce publishable research summaries.
- Develop good practice in communication and collaboration using modern online communication tools.
- Acquire imaging knowledge to engage with new developments.
Clinical graduates will exit the programme with improved clinical image management skills, and will also be better able to advise companies and businesses which develop tools and techniques for their specialities, where imaging is required. For pre-clinically focused students, an imaging skill set expands academic possibilities and is more likely to assist with translational techniques necessary to bridge the preclinical and clinical sciences.
The degree will also be attractive as a preliminary qualification before undertaking career training in hospital Medical Physics (for physicists and engineers), as well as a preliminary qualification before taking a PhD or research scientist post involving medical physics, medical imaging, biomechanics in academia or industry.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Radiology, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Image Analysis, Image Processing, Computer Science, Informatics, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Psychology, Stroke Medicine, Geriatrics / Medicine of the Elderly or Neurosciences.
We may also consider your application if you have a minimum of 3 years' work experience in a related scientific area, e.g. in a hospital or research laboratories. Please contact the programme team to check before you apply.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Scholarships and funding
UK nationals, those with settled status, and some EU nationals not resident in the UK could be eligible for a postgraduate loan towards fees - and in some cases living costs.
About the School
Together we form a unique grouping in the UK where vets, medics and biomedical scientists work together and study the common causes of disease that affect our populations.