Edinburgh Imaging

Neuroimaging - undergraduate

Online, distance education with the aim to expose undergraduate students to neuroimaging techniques & their applications in disease research & management, in order to stimulate interest in & understanding of neuroimaging as a research & diagnostic tool.

Explore our syllabus:


  • Online, distance learning only
Number of credits:
  • 20
Teaching starts:
  • Sep / Autumn / Semester 1
Elective course for:

Study this course AND gain University credit:

  • Suitable for CPD, CME
  • Starts as above
  • This course is not available for PgProfDev.

Study this course WITHOUT gaining University credit:

  • Suitable for CPD, CME
  • Starts anytime
  • This course is not available for unsupervised, self-directed learning.


Neuroimaging is burgeoning due to neurological, neurosurgical and neuropsychological advances, which require increasingly sophisticated imaging techniques. As well, the technology which allows the neural axis to be imaged is rapidly advancing, as are post-processing and image analysis techniques. The scope of neuroimaging applications range from laboratory-type research, through translational medicine, clinical application, physics and engineering, mathematics and statistics, as well as informatics and computing sciences. This course will introduce students to cutting edge neuroimaging basic sciences, techniques, applications in research and clinical situations, neuroanatomy, safety issues and practical applications.

Learning objectives for the elective

  • Describe neuroimaging techniques, including basic underlying physics principles, benefits &  drawbacks of each technique
  • Discuss applications of neuroimaging techniques in research, as well as clinically
  • List safety issues & practicalities of scanning subjects / patients
  • Relate safety issues & practicalities to scanning in both the research & clinical environments
  • Relate safety issues & practicalities to specific topics / diseases under investigation
  • Outline data protection considerations related to imaging data, privacy, anonymization & data sharing
  • Identify & locate important neuroanatomy on neuroimaging
  • Relate anatomical abnormalities located on neuroimaging to effects on function
  • Demonstrate effective literature review skills, synopsis, dissemination of knowledge of neuroimaging, through independent work & group activity


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