Taught course

Bioimaging Sciences

Imperial College London · Department of Chemistry

Entry requirements

Degree in Physical Scinces - first class or upper second class. Selection by interviews to be held January to July each year.

Months of entry


Course content

Bioimaging Science has played a vital role in improving human life. The development of a wide range of imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound and optical imaging are nowadays 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, which started in October 2005, will cover 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, as exemplified by the creation of the Imaging Sciences Centre (ISC) - and a recent MRC discipline bridging award in Molecular Imaging. 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.

Course Overview

The course will cover all the fundamentals of modern imaging methodologies - including their techniques and application within medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, along with the Chemistry behind imaging agents, drugs and biomarkers. The course content consists of a ten-month interdisciplinary research project, taught lecture modules on elementary and advanced aspects of bioimaging techniques and applications, specialist lectures in transferable skills, literature review on a image-related topic, group project work and workshops on the latest developments of imaging science.

Course Aims

On graduation from the course you will be in an excellent position to begin a PhD or pursue a career in imaging science. You will have developed the ability to carry out research within multidisciplinary teams, and possess knowledge of basic and advanced concepts in bioimaging sciences. The transferable skills will aid you in pursuing your own chosen career and in communicating your ideas to others. The course aims to produce highly trained and motivated scientists who will be ideal candidates for research (industrial and academic) positions within imaging science.

With the current world-wide lack of well-trained imaging scientists we are confident that MRes in Bioimaging Sciences graduates will have exceptional career prospects.

Information for international students

Other international students must self-fund the course and pay tuition fees, £27,500.

Fees and funding

MRC funded studentships for Home students. EU students may also apply for fully funded MRC studentships if they have lived permanently in the UK for 3 years or more.

Self-funded students are welcome.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment5
Dissertation65 (15000 words)
Viva voca and presentations10

Course contact details

Professor Ramon Vilar
+44 (0) 20 7594 1967
+44 (0) 20 7594 5804