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Faculty of Health Sciences

MSc in Cancer Imaging

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

This MSc is the only programme in the UK entirely focused on cancer imaging. It has been purpose-built to meet a demand for expert researchers and clinicians. Medical imaging is central to the management of cancer and we designed this course to focus on this process, from basic physics to image analysis. It also aims to give a solid grounding in current concepts of cancer biology and therapy as they apply from ‘bench to bedside’.

Designed in close collaboration with a leading team of radiologists, medical physicists, oncologists and research specialists, the programme takes a theoretical and a practical approach. This ensures it provides you with the specialist knowledge and skills required in the field.

A key part of the programme is the study of real patient data. There are opportunities for project work in state-of-the-art clinical facilities for oncology imaging at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital. You can also undertake preclinical research in the University's PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Research Centre. This is a new, cutting-edge facility that hosts the only research-dedicated cyclotron in the UK, along with extensive radiochemistry provision and preclinical PET-CT and SPECT-CT scanners.

What you'll study

Study the basic theory and practice of image analysis and interpretation as well as advanced research applications. Obtain a deep appreciation of the importance of image analysis as a discipline in the generation of scientific data that underpins patient management.

Gain an understanding of imaging theory, technology and application as it relates to clinical practice across modalities and explore the biology of cancer as manifested in the clinic, integrated with key physiological and pharmacological concepts.

The programme aims to give graduate students an understanding of imaging theory. Gain an overview of the current understanding of cancer and how this underlies the use of imaging in patient management and the assessment of cancer treatments.

The programme comprises a combination of lectures, state-of-the-art computer-based image analysis, practical work, and projects supported by 'problem classes', workshops and tutorials.

A 12-week cancer imaging research project, carried out in the laboratory of an internationally-recognised cancer imaging scientist or clinician, is a key part of the course.

Modules include

  • Introduction to Cancer Imaging

    This module introduces you to the physics that underlies each of the clinical imaging techniques used in the management of cancer patients. You'll also cover statistics, ethics and safety in the imaging clinic.

  • Research Skills

  • Imaging Modalities I

    Gain an understanding of clinical imaging techniques that use ionising radiation (X-ray, Computed Tomography, Gamma Scintigraphy, SPECT & PET). You will learn both the theory behind their use and how they are used in the clinic to provide information to guide patient management.

  • Imaging Modalities II

    During this module, you'll gain an understanding of clinical imaging techniques that use non-ionising radiation (MRI, Ultrasound). You will learn both the theory behind their use and how they are used in the clinic to provide information to guide patient management.

  • Image Analysis

    Explore how digital image analysis techniques are applied to medical images from the oncology clinic to provide information that informs patient management. You will develop a hands-on understanding of several techniques using Matlab.

  • Organ-Specific Cancers: Bench-to-Bedside

  • Biomedical Sciences Research Project

    Take part in a specifically designed research project, and put into practice what you have learned during the taught modules, the research methods module and any workshops. This module will prepare you for your next career move, by giving you relevant experience of work in the lab.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International:  £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Hull is home to some of the UK's finest facilities including a £10m centre for cancer and metabolic research.

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Programmes designed in collaboration with NHS professionals to guarantee real-world relevance.

Accredited degrees approved as meeting industry standards by expert academics and professionals.

Excellent links with local biotechnology companies, research units and hospitals.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in a Biological/Physical Science, Radiography or Medicine, or successful completion of three years of a UK medical degree or international equivalent. Applicants with non-standard qualifications may apply, as appropriate experience will be taken into account during the selection process.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

This MSc is designed for recent graduates who wish to pursue a career in medical imaging with a cancer focus.

The course is also suitable for professionals working towards clinical qualification as well as those already qualified. This is because it covers all aspects of medical imaging used in the management of cancer patients, from basic physics through to modern clinical practice as in an NHS radiology department. 

The programme is also the ideal pathway for biomedical science graduates or physicists who wish to develop their biological understanding of this disease prior to PhD study or employment in industry. Students will become independent life-long learners and scientific investigators with an ability to communicate across all disciplines involved with imaging.