Research course

Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy

University of Nottingham · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in physics, mathematical physics or mathematics, or a joint degree containing substantial elements of mathematics or physics.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which was invented at The University of Nottingham by Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield, has had a major impact on medical science.

Our current research focuses on the development and application of new techniques and hardware for MR imaging and spectroscopy (MRS), often via multidisciplinary collaboration.

We are currently looking to recruit able and enthusiastic PhD students to work in MRI and MRS. Apart from following a program of research, students are given formal teaching in relevant aspects of physics from the School of Physics & Astronomy (if appropriate) and in more general topics from the graduate school.

Current projects include:

  • Development of a seven Tesla human MRI system
  • Investigation of human brain function using functional MRI/S
  • Applying novel MRI techniques to monitoring human physiology
  • MR microscopy
  • Use of hyper-polarised noble gases in MRI of the lungs
  • Development and application of dynamic nuclear polarization

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Physics and Astronomy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)115 846 6379