Medical Imaging MSc

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a biological/physical science or radiography, or medicine or dentistry equivalent.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
UK fees
£12,750 (total)
International fees
£28,000 (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 is an essential component of modern medicine and plays a key role in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease. At Leeds, you will be taught by academics actively engaged in research and collaboration. We will build your understanding of the physics involved in different imaging techniques and enhance your imaging knowledge in preparation for your career in Medical Imaging.

Whether you are a recent graduate, a medical student wishing to intercalate, or a healthcare professional, our course will introduce you to:

  • the scientific principles involved in the different imaging techniques and image formation,

  • applications in the field of radiology

  • the different modalities used in clinical settings, and

  • 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 their clinical usage. 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.

This course is also available to study as a postgraduate certificate or diploma. 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. Part-time study is also an option.

This course is also available as an intercalated MSc course for MBChB students, designed to provide a solid grounding in the physics involved in different imaging techniques and will enhance your imaging knowledge in preparation for your career in medicine. Students wanting to intercalate after year 3 of the MBChB in Leeds should undertake their medical elective in the summer before starting the MSc to avoid clashes with the MSc research project and their elective.

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

Design your own pathway to suit your personal interests and professional ambitions and choose modules to build a bespoke qualification.

You'll study modules worth a total of 180 credits. If you study this programme part time you will study fewer modules in 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 of 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 and other applications of medical imaging, and be able to critically appraise their potential benefits and drawbacks

  • Demonstrate enhancement of their professional skills in communication, problem-solving, learning effectively and quickly, and effective self-management

  • Apply common and where relevant specialist information technology in literature searching, analysis and display of data

  • Produce written work, conveying technical information appropriate for the intended academic or professional audience in English

  • Critically evaluate relevant published work, demonstrating an understanding of the underpinning principles of statistics, project design and data analysis

  • Develop research questions, and undertake research directly or indirectly related to the discipline of Medical Imaging part of which includes the development of a research question/hypothesis, critical review, the choosing and application of an appropriate investigative method, presentation of results and finally a critical discussion of the findings with a conclusion.

As an MSc student, you'll undertake a research project in the field of medical imaging. New research topics are available each year and typically include projects in MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray and their clinical application. You'll be asked to state your preferred research project. Before projects are allocated, you are encouraged to meet potential supervisors and discuss the research work.

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 MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Research Methods 15
Research Project 60
Core Skills in Medical Imaging 15

Learning and teaching

For the 2023-24 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 online exclusively 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 an enormous amount of material available online, including the top scientific journals, which will support you to successfully complete your studies from off-campus, allowing you to study away from Leeds to suit your personal and professional needs. 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 instance making use of computer simulations of X-ray 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 bring 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. For the research project you will write up your research as a journal style article, and indeed a number of our students have gone on to publish work that was performed as part of their medical imaging research project.


Entry requirements

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

This course is also available as an intercalated programme to students who have completed three years of a UK medical degree and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. Read more at Intercalation.

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. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.

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 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: £12,750 (total)

International: £28,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

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 about additional costs.

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.

Career opportunities

Past graduates have gone on to enter 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 in the programme to enhance their careers. Students have also gone on to take lecturer or research positions, or have chosen to take post graduate research degrees (such as a PhD in Cardiovascular Imaging or within our International PhD Academy in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease).

As a intercalated degree for medical students the programme is useful for students considering radiology or many other medical specialties.

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 at the Careers website.

Student profile: Genevieve Liew

I was looking for a well-designed and comprehensive postgraduate programme to enhance my knowledge in medical physics. The MSc in Medical Imaging offered by the University of Leeds was perfect.
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Student profile: Rebecca Thornley

After studying Physics at undergraduate level I became interested in the medical applications of physics so looked for a course that would allow me to explore this.
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Alumni profile: Ruth Abigobu-Alafun

I feel medical imaging provides a blend between the clinical aspect of imaging as well as the engineering. It leads to a much better understanding and appreciation of image quality.
Find out more about Ruth Abigobu-Alafun's time at Leeds

Student profile: Coben Skuse

I intercalated between my third and fourth year of studying Medicine. I want to specialise in Radiology once I graduate and this course provides me with the knowledge and skills I need to succeed.
Find out more about Coben Skuse's time at Leeds

Student profile: Bashair AlHummiany

I choose to study at the University of Leeds because of its reputation of excellence in the medical imaging field and high ranking among universities in the UK.
Find out more about Bashair AlHummiany's time at Leeds