Research course

Optical Medical Imaging with Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship

University of Edinburgh · College of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biomedical science, chemistry, physics, engineering or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

OPTIMA is the EPSRC and MRC Centre for Optical Medical Imaging, which brings together world-class research teams in both the clinical and physical sciences in order to address the priority area of Optical Medical Imaging.

OPTIMA is hosted by the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde. Our focus is to train the next generation of scientific entrepreneurs in healthcare technologies and so we place great emphasis on interdisciplinary projects, commercially relevant training and strong ties to the clinical environment.

Our team of supervisors is of international standing in their respective fields. They have published more than 1300 peer-reviewed papers, are in receipt of research grant income in excess of £110 million, and have supervised more than 300 PhD students.

This four-year PhD with integrated study programme combines:

  • excellent research and PhD supervision in world-leading scientific environments
  • a bespoke programme of business training in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship

OPTIMA students can choose from a portfolio of exciting and innovative projects that breakdown the barriers between physics, chemistry, medicine and engineering. Our students use cutting-edge optical technology to address key clinical questions via medical imaging.

In addition to research in the theme of Optical Medical Imaging, all OPTIMA students embark on a bespoke programme of integrated study in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Unlike other four year programmes, we want the integrated study portion to constantly inform and educate our students throughout their time with us and so the training modules that form the integrated study portion run concurrent with the research over four years. We want our students to understand and appreciate the innovative leaps they are making and be able to capitalise on their discoveries.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

OPTIMA CDT Administrator
+44 (0)131 651 7769