Edinburgh Imaging

Beginners Guide to Imaging

Online education, providing an overview of imaging history, modalities (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Light Microscopy, PET & SPECT), plus image analysis, processing & manipulation. For University of Edinburgh enrolled graduate students only who are using imaging techniques in their research & more information.

Target audience

  • University of Edinburgh enrolled students only.
  • Useful for those undertaking projects (at either MSc or PhD level) in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine.
  • Of more general interest to biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers &  other disciplines  encountering imaging in the line of research.


  • Principles taught are universal to imaging.
  • Examples reflect the major contribution of material from clinical / medical imaging & veterinary medicine.
  • Materials are drawn from the EIA MSc / Dip / Cert programmes in Neuroimaging for Research & Imaging.


  • Online learning, self-paced.
  • No tutor oversight, no assignments, no formal assessment.
  • Not credit bearing.

Time commitment

Allocate about 4-8 hours per week to study this course.

Visit the IAD website for more information & enrolment.


Location: Online learning only
Number of credits:

0 (zero)

Teaching starts: Oct / Autumn / Semester 1
Elective course for:

Institute for Academic Development

Self-Directed study (audit)

This course is not available for unsupervised, self-directed learning.


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Computing requirements

Our online programmes and courses require you to access materials, discussion boards, references, activities and other online learning tools, via the internet.

You are responsible for your own technical set-up. We expect you to take responsibility for your access to the programme, make back-ups of your work, and to organise alternate access if required.

You are not expected to be a technical whizz. We provide guidance and training for the tools we use.

The University’s IS department do provide distance learning support; and also on weekdays the Edinburgh Imaging Academy office can also offer advice.


FAQ: Do I need to buy software to participate?

  • NO you do not, if you are studying with us for credit, as a fully matriculated student of the University of Edinburgh
  • If you are taking non-credit bearing courses via our unsupervised, self-directed route, you may need to acquire a software licence



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Online readiness

In order to study online, you will need the commitment to study independently.

Ask yourself some of the questions below to test your readiness:

  • Do I have access to a computer and the Internet?
  • How reliable are my personal computer and internet service provider?
  • Do I have adequate computer skills?
  • Am I confident about computer technology?
  • Am I able to fit study in and around my work, my family and my other commitments?
  • Can I log on to the University's online learning environment at least twice a week?
  • Can I commit to studying for around 10 - 20 hours per week depending on course load?
  • Am I able to complete tasks on time?
  • Am I self motivated?
  • Can I read and write English?
  • Do I have competent and efficient keyboard skills?

You should answer "yes" to these questions.

Some people learn well in a traditional training environment while others prefer a different style such as online training.

Only you can decide which method of learning is right for you.



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Taster sessions

See what our online learning environment is like and test your computing system:



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