Imaging, MSc / Dip / Cert

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
Improve your imaging expertise and gain a highly regarded masters qualification, online by distance learning, while remaining at work in your field and in your own location. The Imaging programme is offered at The University of Edinburgh.


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.

The programme disseminates imaging knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable effective and efficient use of imaging, clinically, in research and in industry.

Our flexible, intermittent, part-time, online distance learning (OLDL) programme aims to:

  • provide an understanding of imaging theory, techniques, analysis and applications
  • develop research planning and designing skills, incorporating imaging
  • enable interpretation and analysis of relevant imaging data
  • relate imaging research to clinical applications

The Imaging programme is offered at The University of Edinburgh.

To disseminate imaging knowledge, skills & understanding, to enable effective & efficient imaging clinically, in research & in industry.

Online learning

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.

Learning outcomes for students who complete the full Master's (MSc) programme:

  • 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

Career opportunities

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 specialties, 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.

Programme Structure

Our Imaging MSc / Dip / Cert programme is diverse, covering wide ranging topics in imaging.  All our options are laid out in the table below.

You can pick a bespoke route through the programme best suited to your learning objectives. Examples of routes some of our students have taken through the programme to meet specific learning objectives are listed here:

  • Clinical / Medical Imaging / Radiology
  • Image Analysis / Processing
  • Imaging Science
  • Preclinical / Animal Imaging

Stage 1: Certificate

You will complete the compulsory courses:

  • Techniques & Physics 
  • Practicalities & Safety 

You will complete 30 credits from the following options:

  • Applications in Disease Research 
  • Clinical Applications 
  • Digital Image Processing & Analysis 
  • Image Interpretation & Evaluation 
  • Functional Imaging 
  • Common Image Processing Techniques 1 

Stage 2: Diploma

You will complete the compulsory courses:

  • Statistics 
  • Study Design 

You will complete 40 credits from the following options:

  • Biomechanics (
  • Light Microscopy 
  • Preclinical Imaging 
  • Neuro-anatomy 
  • Body Anatomy 
  • Translational Imaging and Clinical Trials 
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Functional Imaging 
  • Common Image Processing Techniques 1 

Stage 3: Masters

You will complete practical work (a project) and assessed activities.

For more information, please visit the programme website.


Out students come from around the world & from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Our alumni progress on to a number of careers after graduating from our programmes & courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 36 months

      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.

    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
    • Certificate - 60 credits
    • Diploma - 120 credits
    • Master - 180 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2): 176

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

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  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in the fields of radiology, radiography, surgery, medicine (MBChB or equivalent) and veterinary medicine, biology, biomedical sciences, physics, engineering, chemistry, light microscopy, preclinical / animal based research, pharmacology, image processing, image analysis, computer science, informatics or infometrics.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 4600 International
  • GBP 4600 EU/EEA
  • 10 credit course : £770
  • 20 credit course: £1,535
  • 60 credit course: £4,600


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