Medical Imaging

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What background do I need to have to be considered for the CDT in Medical Imaging?

    Medical Imaging is a broad and diverse research area and students with a diverse range of backgrounds have a direct role to play including first degrees in:

    • Applied Mathematics
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Biomedical Engineering or another engineering-related discipline
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Pharmacy
    • Physics


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  • Where is the CDT in Medical Imaging based?

    The CDT in Medical Imaging is based primarily at St. Thomas' Hospital in London.  However specific teaching sessions will take place at Imperial College London's South Kensington campus.

  • How do I apply to the CDT in Medical Imaging?

    The process begins with the submission of a pre-application form which can be downloaded from the 'How to Apply' page. Once this is reviewed and approved you will be invited to one of the interview days at St Thomas' Hospital.

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  • What funding is available for the CDT in Medical Imaging?

    The Centre will fund up to 20 studentships per year. There is a variety of sources of funding available. EPSRC will fund Home/EU students only however we do have some opportunities for industry funding which is available to all students.

    Each studentship will be funded for 4 years. This includes tuition fees, stipend and bench fee.

    Stipend: Students will receive a tax free stipend of approx £16,000 per year.

    Bench fees: A generous allowance will be provided for research consumables and for attending UK and international conferences.

  • How is the CDT 4 year Programme different from a standard PhD Programme?

    The CDT is structured as a “1+3” training programme, offering students the opportunity to first obtain an MRes qualification which directly leads into a well-founded PhD for years 2-4.

    Year 1: MRes Training & Research

    • The training year provides students with a multidisciplinary view of the wider field, equipping them with the theoretical and practical skills relevant for their research.
    • Through the interdisciplinary modules and group project, students are trained to communicate effectively across different disciplines.
    • Our cohort approach counteracts silo-ing disciplines, fosters collaboration from the start, and sets our programme apart from isolated PhDs.
    • The literature report and research project already lay the foundation to the PhD, allowing the students to enter their PhD at full pace.


    Years 2 - 4: PhD Research

    Research Projects start properly in September of the second year, however there are still additional benefits that come from being a member of the CDT. Additional skills trainings run through years 2 – 4 on a fortnightly basis and include:

    • Enhanced Training Skills session: these sessions cover a range of different aspects of hard and soft skills. The training has been organised in line with the requirements for the different years, starting with project management, personal effectiveness and paper writing in the second year and ending with employability, thesis and grant writing in the fourth year.
    • CDT Seminar Series: featuring a mix of industry, academic and clinical speakers, these sessions are designed to inform the CDT students of the latest research developments in a number of areas, and also to give information about careers opportunities.
  • What does the first year involve?

    The first year combines taught modules and research projects, leading to the award of MRes Medical Imaging Sciences. Information about the MRes programme can be found here.

  • Is there any assessment?

    In the first year, during the MRes programme, modules may be assessed by examination, coursework, or some combination of these. The type of assessment for each module will be detailed in the MRes course handbook.

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