Magnetic Resonance Imaging MSc

Postgraduate (2 years distance learning)

Distance learning


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.

Full description


When you graduate, you will 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.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Applied Scientific Principles of MRI Level 7
    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 Level 7
    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 Level 7
    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 Practice of MRI
    The aim of this distance-learning module is to advance your 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. You’ll be expected to analyse, discuss and evaluate your own practice, specifically relating to advanced MRI techniques including protocols and patient management. The content of this module is not prescriptive so that you are able to contextualise your learning to reflect your own practice and interests. However, you’ll be encouraged to research into a range of advanced techniques especially if your exposure to advanced MRI is limited. You’ll also be required to consider issues such as ethics, legislation and quality assurance in respect to advanced MRI practice. You’ll be encouraged to critically evaluate and challenge your own practice and implement changes where appropriate.
  • Major Project Level 7
    The Major Project is central to the Masters award will enable you to demonstrate your ability to synthesise learning from previous modules and use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This project provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to MRI which may involve working at current limits of theoretical and/or research. You’ll attain a critical understanding of research methods and their relationship to knowledge as well as an awareness of, and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in your research or professional practice. This module is assessed by extended abstract and narrated presentation, supported by a reference list and a final research report 7,000 word in the style of an academic paper.


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.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our online learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, distance learning (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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