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The award
MRes

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Medical and Materials Imaging at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

Develop your practical skills and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area of medical and materials imaging, according to your personal aspirations.

This Medical and Materials Imaging postgraduate degree will enable you to enter a career in industry or to progress onto PhD study. The course gives you a unique opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in a wide range of techniques and approaches in both medical and materials imaging.

You can gain skills in experimental lab techniques, optical techniques, writing scientific and research literature and the theory behind the practical focus.

You will have access to modern facilities and opportunities exist to use state-of-the-art equipment including: MRI magnets 2.2 Tesla, Transmission Electron, Scanning Electron and Confocal microscopes and Optical Coherence Tomography.

Work closely with a dedicated academic team who are all active researchers in their own right, and who regularly publish in top physics journals. Visit our academic team pages to find out more about the ways in which we support you and explore our research interests.

Scientific imaging has wide-ranging applications including our pioneering research in advanced optical imaging for heritage science

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

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What you'll study

In terms one to three you will study your taught modules, in term four you will conduct your Masters' level project. This gives you 15 weeks to concentrate full-time on a specialist area of interest and apply what you have learnt to a specific problem.

  • Modules

    Medical Imaging (20 cp) - Topics include:

    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MRI) imaging and applications in medical diagnostics
    • Optical Coherent Tomography (OCT) and its application to medical (e.g. opthalmology) imaging
    • diagnostic sonography (US, ultrasonography)
    • computed tomography (CT) and X-ray medical imaging.

    Imaging Matter: From Atoms to Galaxies (20 cp) - Topics include:

    • digital imaging and image processing (CCD, thermal, video, digital cameras)
    • advanced microscopy to include SEM, TEM, AFM, STM, polarising light microscopes, fluorescence microscopy, confocal and near field microscopes
    • spectral imaging (e.g. hyperspectral imaging and remote sensing)
    • interferometry and its applications in imaging science
    • X-ray and mm-wave scanning, imaging and analysis techniques
    • comparison microscope and imaging for applications in forensic science.

    Research Methodology and Ethics (20 cp) - topics include:

    • This module provides an underpinning in research skills relevant to the independent study required for an MRes.
    • Topics include scientific writing and referencing, use of library and learning resources, presentation of results and a statistical analysis.
    • The module also considers the ethical issues in relation to research in chosen field.

    Research project (120 cp) - You will undertake an extended project (experimental or theoretical) on a full-time basis from February onwards in an area related to your chosen imaging specialism. The project will be chosen from those offered by research teams.

  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • Enhance your communication skills;
    • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you're taught

You will learn through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • research
  • case studies
  • experimental based work
  • image analysis

Careers and employability

This Physics Masters course provides a solid base for a career as a scientist or engineer in a range of industries reliant upon imaging. This includes:

  • materials engineering
  • manufacturing
  • research and development
  • healthcare
  • medical instrumentation
  • medical related software industries.

Imaging technology is also being increasingly used in specialist areas of art history, preservation and archaeology. This course also provides a basis for further study towards PhD research or for training as a clinical / hospital scientist.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £6,500

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £7,800

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

International Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £12,900

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £13,900

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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