MSc by Research Medical Imaging

Duration Part time 2-3 years
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September, January or April


We are now offering an MSc by Research in Medical Imaging, providing a part-time route to achieving a masters qualification for radiographers and others working within the field of medical imaging.  The MSc by research takes up to a maximum of 3 years on a part-time route and involves undertaking research, which is written up in a 40,000 word thesis. 

The medical imaging staff with the University of Exeter holds significant experience and expertise in the musculo-skeletal and imaging research, providing appropriate environment for your studies.  The University boasts an extensive range of imaging equipment including computed radiography, which is soon to be upgraded to digital radiography equipment, an ultrasound scanner, quantitative ultrasound scanners, a magnetic resonance scanner and a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scanner.  There are staff within medical imaging who are experts in their fields and also in clinical research. 

Students undertaking a masters by research will be allocated a primary and secondary supervisor to guide them through their independent research, which will primarily be undertaken at their place of employment for part-time students. 

What is a Masters by Research?

The Masters by Research, not to be confused with the taught MRes degree, is offered within some Colleges. The Masters by Research, like other research degrees, contains no taught element and offers you the opportunity to pursue a research project, without entering into the commitment of a longer-term research degree. As such, it’s ideal for those in employment who are interested in pursuing a specific shorter-term research project.

A Masters by Research degree is assessed by a written dissertation of up 40,000 words. The dissertation will not need to constitute an original contribution to knowledge but will need to provide evidence that you have worked at the current limits of understanding of the subject. Unlike a taught Masters degree, there is no taught element, so dedication and enthusiasm for your subject are essential.

Research areas

With many years experience of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, we are now developing complementary expertise in the development and application of optical imaging and vibrational spectroscopy.

Activities of the Biomedical Physics research group range from studies of the cell membrane, through investigations of the ways in which cells sense and respond to physical signals, to integrative studies on touch perception. This work helps us to understand processes that may be involved in diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer, and hence to develop novel therapeutic approaches.

Further information

Research areas Find out more about the research interests of Medical Imaging staff
Our staff Browse these pages to identify potential supervisors in Medical Imaging


Our academics

Please visit our staff profiles page for details of individual staff research interests and publications. These pages can help identify potential supervisors.


On completion of a research degree at Exeter, graduates have gone onto a wide variety of careers. Many choose to stay within academic research, while others have benefited from our relationships with private sector companies.

Postgraduate research students can access our Postgraduate Researchers' Programme, which covers a range of topics to help you complete a successful research degree and acts as a springboard for your research career.

Graduate destinations

Below are some examples of initial jobs undertaken by Physics postgraduate research students who studied with us in 2011/12.

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job titleOrganisation
Associate Research Fellow Arizona State University
Climate Services Consultant Met Office
Design Engineer Renishaw
Meteorologist Seagate Technology
Postdoctoral Researcher University College London
Radiotherapy Physicist University of Exeter
Research and Development Engineer Velindre NHS Trust
Research Technician  
Senior Design Engineer  

Entry requirements 2018

Applicants should be highly motivated and have, or expect to obtain, either a first or upper-second class BSc (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. International applicants must also have IELTS score of 7 and above.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

At least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section.


At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 55 in all skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £2,270 part-time
  • International: £9,850

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Fees for academic year 2014/15
UK/EU £2,000
International £18,000


UK and EU research students are eligible for EPSRC (DTA and CASE), STFC, MRC and commercially funded awards.

Funding opportunities are subject to change, so for the latest information we recommend searching our funding database.

Current available funding

Contact us

Medical Imaging
Tel: +44 (0)1392 724171

Supervision and support

You’ll usually meet your supervisor monthly, but more frequently when engaged in activities like designing your research methods, conducting your detailed analysis, or completing your thesis for submission. Your meetings may involve discussion of your progress, briefing papers or draft chapters you have written as well as training needs assessment, preparation for seminars or conference presentations, and debating current trends and future prospects in your field.

You’ll both keep personal records of supervision and three times a year you and your supervisor will write an agreed report on your interim progress, your work plans, and your on-going training needs. Your supervisor will make sure your work remains on track. That’s good for you, your sponsors, and for the University.

Your mentor

In addition to your supervisor you will also have a mentor, who will provide general guidance and pastoral support. Your mentor will contact you three times a year to ensure that any issues which may be interfering with your ability to study are being addressed.

Find a supervisor

We offer guidance on how to find a supervisor for your degree. You can also contact us to discuss matching you with a potential supervisor.