Postgraduate study

Imaging (Online Distance Learning)

Awards: MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study

Online learning

Funding available

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

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.

You may choose to study to Certificate, Diploma or Masters level.

Stage 1: Certificate

You will complete the compulsory courses:

  • Techniques & Physics (core – 20 credits)
  • Practicalities & Safety (core – 10 credits)

You will complete 30 credits from the following options:

  • Applications in Disease Research (optional – 10 credits)
  • Clinical Applications (optional – 10 credits)
  • Digital Image Processing & Analysis (optional – 20 credits)
  • Image Interpretation & Evaluation (optional – 20 credits)
  • Functional Imaging (optional – 10 credits)
  • Common Image Processing Techniques 1 (optional – 20 credits)

Stage 2: Diploma

You will complete the compulsory courses:

  • Statistics (core - 10 credits)
  • Study Design (core - 10 credits)

You will complete 40 credits from the following options:

  • Biomechanics (optional - 10 credits)
  • Light Microscopy (optional – 10 credits)
  • Preclinical Imaging (optional - 10 credits)
  • Neuro-anatomy (optional – 10 credits)
  • Body Anatomy (optional – 10 credits)
  • Translational Imaging and Clinical Trials (optional – 10 credits)
  • Cardiovascular Imaging (optional – 10 credits)
  • Functional Imaging (optional – 10 credits)
  • Common Image Processing Techniques 1 (optional – 20 credits)

Stage 3: Masters

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

Postgraduate Professional Development

If you are looking for a shorter course option, 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.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses through our Postgraduate Professional Development scheme. These credits will be recognised in their own right at postgraduate level, or may be put towards gaining a higher award, such as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

  • 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.

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.

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.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

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

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • 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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • Edinburgh Imaging Academy
  • Chancellor’s Building
  • 49 Little France Crescent
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SB
Programme start date Application deadline
11 September 2017 1 September 2017

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

You must submit a reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Edinburgh Imaging Academy
  • Chancellor’s Building
  • 49 Little France Crescent
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SB