Taught course

Advanced Imaging and Sensing

University of Glasgow · College of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the MSc in Advanced Imaging and Sensing are normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Physics, Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics or Electronic Engineering or related subject.

Applications are also welcome from candidates with a 2:1 or above in Mathematics, Computer Science, Materials Science or Engineering subjects, provided they are able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and aptitude for science and technology pertinent to sensing and imaging.

Months of entry


Course content

Optical imaging and sensing underpins research across all fields of Physics, Engineering, Environmental Science and Medical and Life Sciences. Prominent examples include the multitude of modalities used to image medical and biological processes, remote sensing of the environment and for surveillance and as an enabling technology within measurement instruments. Advanced imaging and sensing (AIS) thus enables advances in fundamental physics, such as the birth of gravitational-wave astronomy and the discovery of the Higgs boson. The importance of AIS to society is highlighted by the ever-increasing number and sophistication of imaging and sensing systems embedded into modern smartphones and cars. This MSc provides flexible multi-disciplinary training for future researchers in the wider field of AIS.

  • The MSc is delivered through a suite of taught courses delivered by the Schools of Physics & Astronomy, Engineering, and Computing Science, giving you a broad base of training in the fundamentals of imaging and sensing, device-engineering, system engineering and end-to-end processing of data.
  • You will conduct an in-depth independent research project embedded within one of our specialist research groups, gaining the hands-on experience that is ideal preparation for a PhD or industrial research.
  • All training is delivered by subject experts.
  • You will benefit from the world-leading research at Glasgow University across a broad range of Imaging and Sensing.
  • Physics research has been evaluated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021).
  • There is the opportunity for some students to conduct projects with one of our industry partners.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Professor Andy Harvey