Our Radiography PhD/MPhil research programme offers the chance to undertake research with a wide-reaching impact. We will connect your work with industry, to change radiography practice for the better.
Our research programme in Radiography provides a combination of specialist research expertise with flexible working practice.
We have leading experts in both diagnostic and therapeutic radiography who may supervise you during your time here.
Your radiography projects can focus on areas such as MRI, educational research, advanced practice, artificial intelligence, or patient-centred care. We support these in a PhD or Professional Doctorate format.
Our department has strong connections with patient groups and professional bodies both nationally and internationally. Regular collaboration with other research centres, industry partners and major teaching hospitals also helps to support our powerful hub of radiography research expertise.Our close links with Bart's Trust, UCL Partners and others has helped create research-active honorary clinical academic posts, ensuring research is undertaken under the supervision of internationally respected clinical experts.
London, United Kingdom
A range of Masters level courses are offered at the School of Health and Psychological Sciences including an MSc in Advanced Practice with units tailored to each of the research Centres and professional groupings within the School.
Study for an MPhil/PhD
Doctoral level study involves independent academic research, supported by supervisors, that makes an original contribution to knowledge within the discipline.
The work carried out will therefore be of sufficient quality to satisfy academic peer review and merit publication.
There are two main routes to doctoral-level research degrees (PhD):
MPhil/PhD by major thesis
The standard route involves the accepted candidate pursuing a research project under the guidance of their supervisors over a period of 3 years (full-time) or 4-6 years (part-time).
Candidates register initially for an MPhil (which is a substantial and valid qualification in its own right), and following an Upgrade examination, transfer to the PhD programme.
MPhil/PhD by prospective publication
Candidates publish generally around 3-6 peer-reviewed research papers (dependent on their depth, quality, significance and impact) addressing various aspects of their research topic during the period of MPhil/PhD registration.
For the award of PhD, the published studies are incorporated in an extended, analytical commentary (not dissimilar to a major thesis), which presents them as a coherent body of work, places them in a more general context and shows how they form a coherent contribution to knowledge in the research field.
Entry requirements vary by subject area and applicants should approach academic staff working in their area of interest to discuss their proposal ahead of submitting an application. Applicants should normally hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.
Where the applicant's academic profile shows no evidence of training in research methods, it will normally be recommended that students first complete an MSc or MRes programme to prepare them for MPhil/PhD studies.
Substantial employment or research experience may be considered for some subject areas alongside or in place of academic qualifications. For the Clinical MRes programme, applicants are required to be registered with a clinical professional group such as Nursing, an Allied Health profession or Medicine.
For applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 7 (with a minimum of 7.0 in writing) is required.
For more information see our main entry requirements page.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
Students on courses of more than six months
Students on courses of less than six months
Students on a pre-sessional English language course.
Fees and funding
£4,680 per year
£2,650 per year
£13,010 per year
£6,760 per year
Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.
Support for PhD study
Prospective students are encouraged to explore doctoral Grants and funding opportunities such as:
NIHR and MRC Fellowship schemes
Specialist scholarship schemes (such as those provided by Arthritis UK, Diabetes UK, and the British Heart Foundation)
Research Council studentship awards, if available.
Our bursaries are non-repayable sums of money granted by the University, usually based on need.
Our loans are repayable sums of money granted by the University or other body.
Our scholarships are when the University pays towards your Study fees. You may also be eligible for further funding.
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans
The Government has introduced a new Postgraduate Doctoral Loans scheme which can provide a loan of up to £25,000.
This will be over three years to support study for a doctoral degree.
A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. It can be used alongside any other forms of support you may be able to receive.