Medical Imaging PGDip

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
9 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
UK fees
£8,500 (Total)
International fees
£20,667 (Total)

Course overview

The university of leeds master course in medical imaging offers a broad range of core and optional modules covering the theory and physics of imaging

Medical imaging plays an essential role in modern medicine, supporting the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease. At Leeds, we will build your understanding of the physics involved in different imaging techniques and enhance your imaging knowledge in preparation for your career.

Our course will introduce you to:

  • The basic physics involved in the different imaging techniques and image formation.
  • Pattern recognition and applications in the field of radiology.
  • Current issues in a modern radiology department.

Develop and connect

Whilst not a clinical skills course, the teaching of technical aspects of imaging techniques is firmly grounded in clinical use. Many of our lecturers are at the forefront of research in their field and you’ll benefit from their expertise in the latest techniques and understanding.

Course highlights

  • Tailor our course to your own professional interests with optional modules including MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray, CT, paediatric radiography and forensic imaging.
  • Achieve your goals in a way that is flexible to your time, needs and location.
  • Benefit from Leeds’ long history of Medical Imaging teaching and research.
  • Learn from world leading academics who provided the academic lead in collaborative projects involving GlaxoSmithKline, Siemens, Philips Healthcare, Thales Angenieux, Kidney Research UK and Breast Cancer Now.

You can also study this subject at a Masters or Postgraduate Certificate level.

You may transfer from your original programme to another one, provided that you do this before you have completed the programme and before an award has been made.

Watch a recording of our recent School of Medicine webinar which highlights our MSc Medical Imaging postgraduate course to prospective students from around the world.

Course details

Our course structures allow you to design your own pathway to suit your personal interests and professional ambitions. You will choose a combination of modules that builds a bespoke qualification through a mixture of compulsory, core and optional modules to suit your needs.

You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules across each year.

Through the course you’ll become familiar with a range of medical imaging techniques. By the end of it you will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical and mathematical aspects of image formation across a range of medical imaging techniques.
  • Describe how image formation occurs and how contrast is produced for several imaging techniques in relation to the anatomical and physiological properties of tissue.
  • Understand the health and safety considerations for selected imaging techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of clinical imaging and other applications of medical imaging.
  • Demonstrate enhancement of professional skills in communication, problem-solving, effective learning and self-management.
  • Apply general and, where relevant, specialist information technology in literature searching, analysis and display of data.
  • Produce written work, conveying technical information suitable for the intended academic or professional audience in English.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Medical Imaging PGDip Full Time in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Core Skills in Medical Imaging 15

Learning and teaching

For the 2024–25 academic year, you can join us either in person or online.

You can study flexibly to suit your own learning style and circumstances. Attend teaching sessions entirely on campus or join exclusively online through our virtual classroom environment. You can even mix and match online and in-person attendance.

Please note if you are an international student in the UK on a student visa you must ensure that you comply with the conditions of your visa, which may include a specific level of attendance in person. Similarly, if you are sponsored, your sponsor may also have requirements as to your mode of attendance.

Our libraries have a vast selection of material available online, including access to leading scientific journals which will support you to successfully study off-campus away from Leeds. All applications will be processed to allow you to study in the UK, offering you the greatest flexibility.

All modules (except for your research project) are taught through lectures, tutorials, practicals and computer-based sessions. We employ blended learning; for example, we make use of X-ray computer simulations systems that have been developed in Leeds.

You’ll be taught about the underpinning science of the various imaging modalities. We cover a range of clinical applications demonstrating the use of medical imaging in modern medicine. Many lecturers are at the forefront of research in their particular field and will provide their insights from current clinical imaging practice and developments of new and emerging imaging techniques.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Taught modules are assessed by using a range of assessments. In addition to exams we use of range of coursework that will develop academic skills useful in your future career, including presentation skills, academic poster presentations, abstract creation. Examinations are held during the University exam periods in January and May.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a biological/physical science or radiography, or medicine or dentistry equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications and experience. Applications may close before the deadline date if numbers accepted reach capacity.

Application deadlines:

  • 31 July 2024 (international applicants).
  • 1 September 2024 (UK applicants).

Application information:

  • It should be noted that this is not a practical or clinical-based programme and your supporting statement must confirm understanding of this.
  • No references are required for this programme.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

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UK: £8,500 (Total)

International: £20,667 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Studying in the School of Medicine at Leeds is an amazing opportunity, but we know that the cost can be difficult for many people to meet. If you are keen to join us, a range of funding opportunities are available.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to careers in medical imaging or related disciplines, such as radiology and radiography. Often students are already working in the area, and use the skills and knowledge gained across the programme to enhance their careers.

Students have also gone on to become lecturers or work in research, or have chosen to pursue postgraduate research degrees (such as a PhD in Cardiovascular Imaging or within our International PhD Academy in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease).

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.