Programme description

This programme aims to disseminate medical image analysis knowledge, skills, and understanding, enabling effective and efficient medical image analysis which can be used both clinically and commercially.

Covering the physics of imaging and related techniques, there is also focus on specialised content covering image processing and analysis.

Students will also be able to make use of the MATLAB computing environment and programming language.

This programme harnesses our expertise in image processing and analysis, which will allow learners to train in this field via an online learning environment.

Online learning

Access world-class teaching at the University of Edinburgh while maintaining your local professional and personal commitments where you live.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Students will be required to access materials, discussion boards, references, activities and other online learning tools, via the internet.

Programme structure

You may take up to 30 credits per semester.

Core courses:

  • Techniques and Physics (20 credits)
  • Practical Image Analysis 1 (10 credits)
  • Practical Image Analysis 2 (10 credits)
  • Image Analysis (10 credits)
  • Common image processing techniques 2 (10 credits)

Postgraduate Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses, you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to study towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate subject-specific knowledge and understanding in theoretical and practical aspects of Medical Image Analysis and Processing.
  2. Develop specialised skills and critical understanding of advanced image analysis and processing principles using the MATLAB platform.
  3. Gain critical insight into challenges underpinning image analysis, including image enhancement and compensating for artefacts.
  4. Apply specialised skills in image analysis and processing through independent and autonomous activity and communicate outcomes to a range of audiences.
  5. Critically appraise various machine learning architectures and algorithms used in image segmentation, clustering and classification.

Career opportunities

Medical image analysis and processing have great significance in the field of medicine, especially in non-invasive treatment and clinical study.

There is a clear need for the accurate interpretation and analysis of medical images, which often involves the need for a computer-aided system to understand the image, the image structure and to know what it means.

We anticipate that this programme will help learners from a range of disciplines to acquire a knowledge base & skill set which will support engagement and employment in the field of image processing and analysis.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in fields such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Radiology, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Image Analysis, Image Processing, Computer Science, Informatics, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Psychology, Stroke Medicine, Geriatrics / Medicine of the Elderly, & Neurosciences.

We may also consider your application if you have work experience in a related scientific area, e.g. in hospital or research laboratories for 3 or more years. Please contact the programme team to check before you apply.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Program taught in:
The University of Edinburgh - College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

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Last updated February 2, 2019
This course is Online
Start Date
Sep 9, 2019
2 years
5,170 GBP
Aug 30, 2019
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