Magnetic Resonance Imaging MSc

Postgraduate Degree (2 years )



Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

This is an exciting, highly successful and well-established distance learning course for practitioners in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It will give you cutting edge knowledge of the subject to take your career to the next level.

Application Deadline:
Wed, Aug 1st, 2018


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Our flexible and accessible course has been designed by experts in the imaging field with you, the practitioner, in mind. It’ll help develop you as a critically aware and reflective MRI practitioner.

Full Description

The pace of change in the field of MRI is unprecedented and our course is designed to ensure you can respond to change effectively and positively. It also serves as evidence of your commitment to your continuing professional development.

Our course will help you push forward research and development in the imaging profession and innovate for the future, preparing you for the production of published work and significant research in the field.

As you’ll be studying by distance learning, you’ll be able to mould your course around your career commitments. Using our Learning Management System (LMS) you’ll still get to interact with other students and your teaching team. You can also access our digital library and a wide range of resources and course materials.

Course Details

Core modules

Applied Scientific Principles of MRI

This distance learning module provides a comprehensive knowledge to the physical principles that underpin the safe use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This module introduces you to both basic and then advanced scientific concepts. You’ll also be introduced to aspects of general anatomy, physiology and pathology as they relate to Magnetic Resonance images. You’ll be expected to relate the underlying physical principles of MRI to its use in clinical practice, particularly in terms of the development, adaptation and modification of scanning protocols.

Essentials of MRI Clinical Practice

This distance learning module is designed to examine the theory and practice of clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It’s underpinned by your clinical experience, requiring an average of eighteen hours per week scanning in a suitable MRI unit. Experiential learning is essential to the satisfactory completion of this module and this requirement arises from the rapid evolution of the specialty. You’ll be expected to analyse, discuss and evaluate your own practice, specifically relating to protocols, patient management and technique in a broad range of examination areas. You’ll assess current protocols, suggesting and justifying possible modifications. You’ll be required to draw upon knowledge gained from the Applied Science of Magnetic Resonance Imaging module and apply this to your clinical practice.

Research Studies

This distance learning module is designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within the broadened arena which compromises of Health and Social Care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas which underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will prepare you and provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen by you for your research project. Learning will usually be with a group of students who bring different academic and/or professional interests to their study, thus providing a community of collaborative learning well suited to interdisciplinary exploration.

Advanced MRI Practice

The aim of this distance-learning module is to advance the student’s critical reflection particularly in the area of advanced MRI clinical practice. The demands of modern healthcare require the development of confident autonomous practitioners, particularly in advanced MRI practice. Students will be expected to analyse, discuss and evaluate their own practice, specifically relating to advanced MRI techniques including protocols and patient management. The content of this module is not prescriptive so that students are able to contextualise their learning to reflect their own practice and interests. However students will be encouraged to research into a range of advanced techniques in the portfolio especially if their exposure to advanced MRI is limited. They will also be required to consider issues such as ethics, legislation and quality assurance in respect to advanced MRI practice. The will be encouraged to critically evaluate and challenge their own practice and implement changes where appropriate.

Major Project

This module supports you in the preparation and submission of a Masters Stage Dissertation presented in a form equivalent to a maximum of 18,000 words.


We'll assess you in a number of ways, including worksheets, reflective essays and portfolio work.

This is a two year, part-time programme

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.


Special features

This course offers unique and open Distance Learning delivery by a team with long standing experience of supporting postgraduate distance learners. This course is delivered and supported by world experts in the field of MRI.


When you graduate, you’ll have the advanced experience to seek more senior roles in the imaging profession. Many of our former students have had their research and theses published widely.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry Requirements
  • The minimum qualification required for admission to a postgraduate pathway is one of the following: A UK honours degree in Radiography or a professional qualification in Radiography, Medical Imaging or related discipline equivalent in breadth and depth to a UK honours degree. All students admitted to the pathway must be engaged in the MRI scanning of patients for an average of at least 18 hours per week. Applicants are required to submit a Clinical Placement Questionnaire and 2 satisfactory references as part of the admissions process.
  • Admission to the course with non-traditional entry: non graduates may gain entry to the course by clearly demonstrating on their application that their qualifications and experience are equivalent to an honours degree.
  • Successful applicants must sign and return the Learning Agreement as part of their conditional offer.
  • Language requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English and whose professional qualification was not taught and assessed in English will be required to demonstrate the University standard of English language (IELTS) at Level 7.0 (including written English) prior to commencement on a course.
  • As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.
Fees & Funding

This course costs £6,700 in total.

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