Translational Neuroimaging MSc


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MSc Translational Neuroimaging
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
At least a second class honours degree (2:1) or international equivalent.
Other requirements
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Queen's Medical Centre
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This interdisciplinary course focuses on translating new imaging methods to clinical application, taught by experts from the leading Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre.
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Course Director: Professor Dorothee Auer

Module convenors: Professor Auer, Dr Rob Dineen, Dr Henryk Faas, Dr Nish Altaf, Dr Stefan Schwarz

The MSc Translational Imaging provides a thorough interdisciplinary training in neuroimaging relevant to both scientists and clinicians, with an emphasis on translation of new imaging methods to clinical application.

Course aim

The goal of this course is to equip researchers (scientists and clinical academics) with all the skills required to undertake high quality research.

What does it cover?

The training includes coverage of clinical neuroimaging, image analysis techniques and advanced teaching of neurobiological and clinical aspects of central nervous system diseases. Generic research skills including study design, statistics, research governance are also covered, with an emphasis on the development of transferable skills.

Who is it for? 

This course is suited for clinicians and research radiographers with an interest in understanding a range of neuroimaging methods and basic neuroscience as well as for scientists with an interest in translational research and clinical neuroscience.

Key facts

  • This programme is focused on translational aspects of neuroimaging, for example, biomedical applications that aim to improve our understanding of diseases and patient benefit.
  • Taught by active and internationally renowned research scientists and clinicians.
  • Transdisciplinary approach open to students from varied background and taught by lecturers with experience in medicine, physics, psychology, pharmacology and biology.
  • Wide choice of research projects in translational and clinical neuroimaging and access to unique MRI facilities.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum second class honours degree (2:2) or international equivalent.


Students with undergraduate degrees in the following areas are eligible to apply:

  • medicine
  • allied professions
  • biology
  • neuroscience
  • psychology
  • pharmacology
  • physics
  • computer science

Applications will be considered on an individual basis. No prior knowledge of neuroimaging is required.


International applicants

International students whose first language is not English are required to have the following English Language qualifications before they can register on an academic programme:

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
  • TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking)
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51)
  • CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass"

However, applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived subject to the University of Nottingham Policy for Waiving English Language entry requirements. Please see the University of Nottingham's Quality Manual for more information.




Course details

This interdisciplinary course offers an introduction to standard and advanced neuroimaging methods and its biomedical applications as well as an overview of basic and clinical neuroscience.


Methods covered are structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), MR spectroscopy, magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and their respective image analysis techniques.


The MSc comprises 180 credits with four taught modules and seminars earning 100 credits. The individual research portfolio (placement and hands-on research project) comprise 80 credits.

The syllabus is delivered via a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars and a hands-on tutorials which will comprise 120 credits. The hands-on research project comprises 60 credits which are awarded on completion of the research and submission of the dissertation to the required standard.

Those looking for a more specific qualification can opt for the Postgraduate Diploma in Translational Neuroimaging comprising 120 credits or the Postgraduate Certificate which comprises 60 credits.

Students will have access to high-specification computers for advanced image analysis tasks.

Full-time students will be provided with laptops to complete coursework and for hands-on assignments and will have access to high-specification PCs for advanced image analysis tasks.


We use a variety of assessment methods: essays, lab reports, dissertation, seminar presentation, and project report. Students receive individual feedback and mentoring in addition to supervision of the chosen research project.


The course will last for one year of full-time study, or two years part-time, with the majority of the taught modules taking up the first half of the course. 

The research project will be completed over the summer and research placements are flexible, taking place at any time during the course of study.   

Quality Manual

More information on study and assessment regulations can be found in the University's Quality Manual.



On the full MSc and Postgraduate Diploma courses all of the following are core modules: 

Module one: Imaging Methods and Image Analysis (30 credits)

This module provides a comprehensive review of advanced neuroimaging methods as well as the theory and practical application of image analysis. In Imaging Methods, study will focus on techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), structural MRI (voxel-based morphometry) and diffusion-tensor imaging.


Module two: Clinical Neuroimaging (30 credits)

This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop and understanding of the anatomical basis of neuroscience and applied neuroanatomy as well as the clinical manifestations of central nervous system disease and the appearances of common neurological diseases on imaging.


Module three: Translational Neuroimaging (20 credits)

On this module, students will gain an understanding of the molecular basis of neurodegeneration and mental disease and the interpretation of data acquired by assessment of the normal and diseased central nervous system (CNS), as well as the development of novel CNS drugs and their clinical evaluation.


Module four: Research Methods (Ethics and Statistics) (20 credits)

This module will introduce key issues in research and practice in psychology through a series of individual seminars. There will also be a series of workshops on statistical methods.


Module five: Individual Research Portfolio (20 credits)

Short research placements, selected workshops and seminars will be identified with the supervisor to broaden the student's experience in neuroimaging research and to enable the selection of of a research topic. A testable research hypothesis will be developed as a basis for the research project module.


Module six: Research Project (60 credits)

This project will lead to a dissertation and may be used for publication. Students can choose from a range of clinical and preclinical projects and there will be 1:1 supervision of the project. This may be a standalone project, or a clearly defined part of a larger research project led by the supervisor.



For details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma

Postgraduate Certificate in Neuroimaging (60 credits)

For the Postgraduate Certificate, a mix of modules can be chosen as follows: 

Option one
Module one: Imaging Methods and Analysis, PLUS
Module two: Clinical Neuroimaging

Option two 
Module one: Imaging Methods and Analysis, PLUS
Module three: Translational Neuroscience, PLUS
Module four: Research Methods (Statistics element)

Option three 
Module two: Clinical Neuroimaging, PLUS
Module three: Translational Neuroscience, PLUS
Module four: Research Methods (Statistics element)


Postgraduate Diploma in Neuroimaging (120 credits)

Students interested in undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma will take all taught modules (Modules one to five).



The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.




The division of has a limited number of bursaries of £2,000 each available to assist with tuition fees for the MSc Translational Neuroimaging. If you feel you are eligible according to the criteria below, please email the course administrator to request a form.

  • Applicants must be HEU candidates only who have already accepted an offer of admission on the MSc Translational Neuroimaging.
  • Applications must fulfil the minimum entry requirement for admission to the MSc Translational Neuroimaging.
  • Awards are made by the Course Director based on the academic merits and personal statement of the bursary application. The decision is final.
  • Awards cannot be made to students already in receipt of scholarships.
  • The bursary is non-transferable. If a student changes course on arrival they would forfeit the bursary.

Home/EU students

The University provides a number of scholarships and the Graduate School website has more information on funding opportunities that are available.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



In 2011, 89% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,414 with the highest being £50,000. Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include the NHS, the University of Birmingham, the University of Manchester, The University of Nottingham and the University of Tennessee.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 98% of postgraduates in the School of Medicine who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,261 with the highest being £75,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.



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