University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Sensor and Imaging Systems

This programme focuses on the principles, methods, techniques and technologies that underpin a vast range of needs in applications spanning from research to industry to medicine. The programme is designed for students looking to develop the skills and knowledge that will open up opportunities in the many companies developing sensor and image based solutions.

Entry requirements

A UK 2.1 degree, or its international equivalent, in engineering, physics, chemistry or another relevant physical science. Applicants with backgrounds in other fields may be accepted. If English is not the 1st language, applicants must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module); PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections); CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module).

Course modules

This programme is run over 12 months. The 1st semester of taught courses is run at the University of Glasgow and the second at the university of Edinburgh. Semester 1 (Glasgow): sensing and imaging; imaging and detectors; detection and analysis of ionising radiation; circuits and systems. Optional course in physics or engineering; semester 2 (Edinburgh): technology and research methods; innovation management; 2 optional courses in engineering and/or chemistry (e.g. biophysical chemistry; biosensors and instrumentation; lab-on-chip technologies; biomedical imaging techniques; microfabrication techniques).

Assessment methods

The taught courses are followed by a research project, carried out at either university, leading to the production of a Master's thesis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

MSc Administrator
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0131 650 7352