Taught course

Bioimaging Sciences

Imperial College London · Department of Chemistry

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Entry requirements

2:1 degree or higher in a science, technology, engineering or medicine subject from a UK institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Bioimaging sciences have played a vital role in improving human life. A wide range of imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound and optical imaging, are now important tools for the early detection of disease, understanding basic molecular aspects of living organisms and the evaluation of medical treatment.

This one-year MRes course covers the fundamentals of modern imaging methodologies, including their techniques and application within medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, along with the chemistry behind imaging agents and biomarkers.

Imaging technologies are an increasingly important component of research and development in the pharmaceutical industry providing opportunities for pre-clinical testing of new products. It can cost £1billion to bring a new drug to market but this cost can be significantly reduced using powerful imaging techniques that speed up the process of testing new drugs. The advances in imaging technology allow researchers to gather information about the effectiveness of a drug on a specific condition or disease and observe how a drug is affecting a certain area of the body.

The UK has a very strong record in the development and clinical application of new imaging techniques and some of the major fundamental work in magnetic resonance, computed tomography, ultrasound and positron emission tomography has been performed within Imperial College.

The research strength of Imperial College in Imaging Sciences is recognised both nationally and internationally. The course will further interdisciplinary development in imaging sciences and create a multidisciplinary team involving chemists, immunologists, radiologists, image scientists, physicists, biomedical scientists and computer scientists.

Information for international students

English language requirement - IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all elements).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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