Taught course

Medical Imaging Science

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

This course is open to applicants with a biomedical science, physical science or engineering background. We require a minimum Upper Second honours degree or overseas equivalent from a recognised institution, or a relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum PGDip or equivalent).

Candidates with a Lower Second honours degree or equivalent may be accepted subject to interview.

Intercalating Year 3 or 4 medical students at The University of Manchester or other UK medical schools should normally have passed all course units at first attempt in the two years prior to intercalation.

All applicants should also have passed mathematics or physics at least to a standard equivalent to English GCE A-level at grade B.

Relevant postgraduate study, research or professional experience may be accepted as qualification for entry, subject to interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Medical Imaging Science covers a multidisciplinary topic of central importance in diagnosis, treatment monitoring and patient management.

It is also a key tool in medical research and it is becoming increasingly possible to relate imaging studies to genetic traits in individuals and populations. Novel imaging biomarkers of disease can enable more rapid and precise diagnosis and inform decision making in drug discovery programmes.

As medical imaging involves knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, physics, mathematics and computation, our course is suitable if you want to expand your disciplinary horizons and pursue a career in an image-related field in clinical medicine, medical research, or technological research or development.

You will cover the basic science and technology behind the principal imaging modalities currently used in medicine and medical research, as well as advanced imaging methods, clinical and research applications, imaging biomarkers and computational methods.

You will learn how advanced imaging techniques are applied in medical research and drug discovery with an emphasis on magnetic resonance (MR) and positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. You will also receive training in computational and quantitative methods of image analysis or in the interpretation of clinical images from different imaging modalities.

This course comprises both a taught component and a research project, giving you the skills and knowledge required for a career in an image-related field in clinical practice, clinical or scientific research, or technical development.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system, such as IELTS or TOEFL. International students should refer to entry requirements for your country . We require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 577 paper-based (Test of Written English (TWE) - 6.0) or 233 computer-based (TWE - 6.0) or 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

Applicants who do not meet the minimum IELTS or TOEFL scores may wish to attend pre-sessional English language course at the University's Language Centre . Please note that no offers will be made for the next academic year if your current IELTS score is 4.5 or less (TOEFL: PBT 477, CBT 153 (both with TWE 4.5); IBT 53).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 1798