Studying with us in 2021/22
It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.
The rapid evolution of medical imaging technology calls for expert practitioners to implement optimised imaging techniques and improve patient outcomes. This course aims to prepare students for a professional career by providing in-depth knowledge in medical imaging technology and preparing for using technical and engineering skills to improve healthcare delivery and medical practice.
'The course is currently in the process of seeking accreditation from the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
International students will be eligible for a Graduate Route visa, which allows them to stay in the UK for up to two years after they graduate from the course, with no restriction on the type of work they can do.
Our MSc in Medical Imaging Technology combines elements from physics, mathematics, computer science, biomedical engineering, biology and clinical medicine to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of engineering design, medical imaging technologies and clinical environment.
Through internationally recognised researchers, projects, guest lecturers and a tight collaboration with medical imaging technology SME’s / NHS Trust partners, you will develop the skills needed for a career in a medical imaging-related filed in clinical practice, research, or technical development. For you to gain the required depth in the area for a Master’s degree, a number of elective modules are offered.
This course comprises both a taught component and a research project, giving you the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in an image-related field in clinical medicine, medical research, and scientific research or development. You will have optional opportunities to undertake valuable work placements in summer break, either in the UK or internationally.
Our Open Day for this course will take place in Spring 2021. Register now and we will contact you when the booking form goes live.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £11,222 available for postgraduate study.
This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.
|Applicants need to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an engineering, technical or medical discipline.|
|Applicants without standard entry qualifications if can demonstrate and provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills and experience (of minimum three years) to successfully complete the course will also be considered.|
|International Applicants: IELTS 6.0 with no bands less than 5.5|
|In addition, development of this new provision, will provide opportunities for:|
|BCU top-up degree (in Biomedical Engineering) students in Colombo, Sri Lanka.|
|BEng Biomedical Engineering – UG degree, students at BCU to progress to a standalone Masters provision with or without a gap year, etc.|
BCU Biomedical Science or Diagnostic Radiography or Radiotherapy students to progress to a standalone Masters provision in Medical Imaging Technology
BEng Mechanical / Electronics engineering – UG degree, students at BCU to progress to a standalone Masters provision with or without a gap year, etc.
Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.
The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.
The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.
All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits):
20 credits of optional modules are required to ensure 180 credits are achieved to gain the MSc.
An extensive range of assessments are utilised within this programme, which include podcasts, webinars, video conferencing presentations and debates, article preparation for publication, case reviews, critical incidence analysis and service development opportunities.
On completion of stand-alone masters in medical Imaging Technology, there are numerous opportunities for students to consider an extended research via our MRes provision or by registering interest to pursue a PhD in your specialised subject area.
By undertaking suitable elective/optional placement opportunities, you'll gain a greater understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, ageing and disease. This will allow you to collaboratively support the design and delivery of healthcare technology and or medical imaging devices within a clinical or industrial setting.
You may also have invaluable opportunities to test and demonstrate new electro-mechanical models and tools for health and care delivery.
You may also have invaluable opportunities to practice with the state of the art medical imaging equipment such as X-ray, CT, MRI and Medical Ultrasound facilities within our life science training centres/labs or externally.
You may have the chance to undertake valuable elective work placements, either in the UK or internationally. This could be done in a local hospital, a manufacturing company or in another relevant sector.
The course is currently in progression of accreditation by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
Start in January and receive a £1500 scholarship on eligible courses.Find out more
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge learning facilities.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
We are the very first University in the UK to install a Zeiss interactive digitally connected microscope system in our life sciences laboratories.
Our Life Science labs are equipped with modern equipment for teaching many of the molecular biology techniques that underpin modern clinical and research labs such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines (including real-time PCR), protein and DNA electrophoresis & sequencing equipment, ELISA, a variety of cell-analysis and cell-culture tools.
The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.
active learning labs such as engineering workshops that contain state-of-the art machine tools. Mechanical engineering labs, innovative CAD lab, automotive test cells and engineering social study space..
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Dr Zenghai Lu is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Life Sciences. Before joining Birmingham City University in October 2020, he has worked as a Lecturer in Medical Imaging (Medical Physicist) for two years at Teesside University. He received a Seedcorn Fund as PI at Teesside to develop a low-cost, portable multispectral imaging tool for noninvasive, continuous, and real-time blood hemoglobin (Hgb) measurements with an unmodified smartphone.