This online Imaging MSc programme from the University of Edinburgh is the first online programme that allows the student to focus on their specific imaging theme. Choose from 5 imaging themes, including clinical / medical imaging (e.g. cardio-thoracic imaging & oncologic imaging); neuroimaging for research; pre-clinical / veterinary imaging; imaging sciences and light microscopy.
Those students with an interest in medical imaging will exit the programme with improved clinical image management skills, and will certainly be rendered more competitive in applying for posts and promotion. Clinicians contemplating research where imaging is a significant component, will be better positioned to design and use imaging technologies more efficiently and effectively - they will likely be more successful in applying for and receiving grant income for their projects.
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 gap between preclinical and clinical sciences. Students will gain the knowledge of the relevant imaging tools, to have the confidence to inform and support clinical research. Light microscopy too is a useful tool in preclinical research, and those completing the light microscopy theme would be well positioned to work in academia or industry.
Students who may be a neuroscientist, psychologist, physicist, radiographer, neurosurgeon or radiologist and have been using neuroimaging in a research or clinical environment, will benefit from the Neuroimaging for Research theme. They will gain the skills and knowledge to confidently design, set up and analyse experimental neuroimaging projects, and know more about cutting edge neuroimaging research in the workplace – whether that is in academia, clinical or in industry. Full details of this theme can be found at the programme website.
There is also great demand in computational imaging and post-processing of imaging, and those with an imaging education behind them would have an advantage seeking employment with IT companies which specialize in image processing and analysis. This degree would 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.
Online Distance Learning
Learning on our Programme is flexibly delivered entirely on line so that you can learn anywhere, anytime.
The Programme is designed to be delivered part-time over three years. We support flexible approaches with the understanding many of our students have work and family commitments. An intermittent mode of study means content can be completed over a six year period.
All you require is a commitment of around 15-20 hours per week and appropriate access to a networked computer.
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The Imaging Programme will offer four core and thirteen elective courses plus one year of practical work and assessments, designed for online, part-time, distance study.
The programme is designed to be delivered over three years (15-20 hours per week).
A six year intermittent mode of study will be available for increased flexibility. The intermittent mode works well because we know from the MSc Neuroimaging for Research that students typically have competing work and family commitments.
The intermittent mode will allow a lower credit load & fewer hours work weekly.
The following lists the Courses (and credit weightings) which constitute the core content of the Programme.
The grouping by stage assumes a 3 stage part-time trajectory. An intermittent approach would result in a more flexible organization of Courses
stage 1 / Certificate (60 credits)
stage 2 / Diploma (60 credits)
stage 3 / Masters (60 credits)
Aimed at those interested in imaging sciences, light microscopy, preclinical imaging and clinical imaging (including subsections like Cardio-Thoracic, Oncologic and Neuro-imaging).
The Programme director is Dr Andrew Farrall, who, along with Prof. Joanna Wardlaw, brings experience from the successful online MSc Neuroimaging for research. Dr Charis Alexakis is the Programme Organiser and Ms Jane Barr is leading marketing and publicity.
Prof Edwin van Beek, Dr Scott Semple (based at the Clinical Research Imaging Centre), and Dr Grant Mair, who also have experience developing postgraduate online distance and campus based teaching, are developing the Clinical Imaging theme.
Dr Pete Hoskins is Programme Director for the MSc Biomechanics and is the lead author for the Imaging Sciences theme.
Dr Carmel Moran manages the preclinical ultrasound imaging facility and runs the Biomedical Imaging Module at the University; along with her colleague Dr Mauritz Jansen, she will lead authoring of Preclinical Imaging content.
Dr Rolly Wiegand runs the workshop series Basics of Light Microscopy and is the lead author for the Microscopy content.
Dr Tobias Scharwz based at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies will share his veterinary knowledge and enhance collaboration between the human radiologists and the animal radiologists, teaching on the imaging courses.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
Flexible study options - you can take 1-2 years to study for a Certificate, 2-4 years for a Diploma and 3-6 years for the MSc. Short courses also available.
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Applications are welcome from graduates and professionals in the fields of Radiology, Radiography, Surgery, Medicine and Veterinary medicine, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Light Microscopy, Preclincal / Animal based research, Pharmacology, Image Processing, Image Analysis, Computer science, Informatics, and Infometrics.
In order to be considered for the programme we require a relevant undergraduate degree with a UK 2:1 or higher result, or its equivalent if outside the UK. Where applicable, you will also be required to meet any language requirements in accordance with the University of Edinburgh's regulations
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
IELTS minimum score
Other accepted tests and scores
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