Imaging for scientists

Beginners Guide to Imaging for Scientists.

About the course

This is a 10-week course, delivered entirely online within Learn.

It will give students a basic understanding of the history of Imaging, imaging modalities (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Light Microscopy, PET and SPECT) as well as outlining how images are processed and manipulated.

A brief guide on how images are processed and the analysis of the data will also be given, to assist with the most common types of image analysis that might be needed for Masters or PhD research projects.

Target audience

This online course is for University of Edinburgh registered postgraduate students only.

It is aimed mainly at students undertaking projects (at either Masters or PhD level) in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (particularly those involving in-vivo imaging), but it may be of more general interest to scientists, engineers and physicists - and we welcome participants from any discipline, although the examples used will tend to reflect the course tutors background in medical imaging and veterinary medicine. The principles taught, however, are universal!

This self-paced, online course, is an excellent introduction to all imaging modalities for those embarking on their first research project and is open to all University of Edinburgh postgraduate students.

Time commitment

You should allocate about 4-8 hours per week to study this course.

How to book

If you are eligible, you can book online at:

Further courses on imaging

More information on all the online courses offered by Edinburgh Imaging, whether MSc, PPD or CPD is available on their website.

Edinburgh Imaging - find out more

PhD students may also be interested to note that they can gain access to the online learning materials for any of the short courses, for £15 per 10 credit course. You can purchase via the link below:

CPD imaging short course learning materials - how to buy