• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
This Neuroimaging for Research (Online Distance Learning) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh disseminates imaging knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable effective and efficient use of imaging, clinically, in research and in industry.


Neuroimaging for Research (Online Distance Learning) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh is flexible, intermittent, part-time, online distance learning (OLDL) and aims to:

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

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 studying 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.

Career opportunities

This programme is an ideal programme to help you in your neuroimaging research-based career, giving you advanced and well recognised expertise in the field.


The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland'sancient universities. It was the fourth university to be established in Scotland and the sixth in the United Kingdom, and is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university.

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 23rd in the world by the 2018 QS rankings. It is a member of both the Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 research universities in Europe. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Neuroimaging: Techniques and Physics
  • Neuroimaging: Common Image Processing Techniques 1
  • Neuroimaging: Applications in disease
  • Neuroimaging: Anatomy
  • Neuroimaging: Statistics
  • Neuroimaging: Study Design
  • Imaging: Practicalities and safety

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      MSc: 6 years PgDip: 4 years PgCert, PgProfDev: 2 years

  • Credits
    50 alternative credits
    PgProfDev: 50 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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):


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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, informatics, psychology, physics, medicine (MBChB or equivalent) or a related subject. We will also consider your application if you have a radiography qualification.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • 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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    820 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 820 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    820 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 820 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Home / EU / Overseas
  • 10 credits: £820
  • 20 credits: £1,635
  • 60 credits: £4,900


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