The CDT in Smart Medical Imaging will adopt a flexible training approach. However, most students will normally follow a 1+3 pathway (1-year MRes at King’s, followed by 3-year PhD at King’s or Imperial).
Year 1 - MRes: The MRes will be taught by King’s academics, with select modules featuring Imperial academics to showcase their research on relevant module topics. The course syllabus includes a mix of common training modules, specialist elective modules from the relevant pathways of: Medical Imaging, Medical Artificial Intelligence, Medical Devices & Robotics and Imaging Chemistry and Biology, and the individual MRes research project.
The course also has group activities that will foster interdisciplinary training as well as cohort building. The relevant CDT MRes pathway components are:
• Common Training on research design, creative media, scientific publishing & peer review, journal club, scientific funding, healthcare economics, healthcare challenges, research ethics, sustainability, equality & diversity;
• Group Training in form of an interdisciplinary group project bridging between the different pathways, and to further promote cohort building;
• Personalised Training based on elective modules relevant to individual research project;
• Individual Training in the form of an MRes research project, as scientific foundation to the PhD.
The MRes project will be written up as a report, with formal assessment by supervisors and an independent academic (typically one of the Scientific Theme Leads). MRes students will present their project to the cohort to share their research experience.
The MRes year has been designed so that CDT students will “hit the ground running” when they embark on their PhD, as they will have acquired all the necessary skills needed. Several students from our current CDT, in fact, have published journal or conference articles during their MRes year, and all our students are expected to finish their PhD within the three years.