Master of Molecular Imaging


Advancing imaging knowledge and technology

Providing talented students an ideal pathway to a PhD

This course explores the scientific principles and applications of the key molecular imaging technologies used in life science research and biotechnology. It will appeal to talented graduates who wish to develop their skills in a range of advanced imaging methodologies and apply them to challenging biomedical and health problems.

Molecular imaging is a form of biomedical imaging, which is rapidly growing in importance in the applied life sciences. The key technologies for imaging the molecular signatures of disease in humans and animal models are PET, SPECT and MRI. These technologies are continually evolving as scientists and engineers develop new chemical imaging probes, instrumentation and computational algorithms for imaging in the life sciences.

This course is taught collaboratively by leaders in the field of medical imaging at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland.  It gives graduates the opportunity to discover this rapidly evolving field and play an important role in its further development. It will prepare graduates to work in multi-disciplinary teams that advance these technologies beyond their current capabilities to meet the future challenges in biomedicine.

Multidisciplinary learning environment

The course is designed for students from a wide range of learning backgrounds including physics, chemistry, biology, medical imaging, pharmacy, computer science and engineering. They will work together in a multi-disciplinary learning environment to solve problems by drawing on their complementary knowledge and skills.


Course structure

In the first and second semesters of the course students explore the design of molecular probes to image gene, protein and cell function in health and disease, the physical principles of the key imaging technologies and the pathological correlates of imaging and disease.

In the third and final semester of the course, students may choose to follow a research pathway, which provides an ideal platform for entry to PhD research, or an industry pathway, which explores topics of relevance to molecular imaging in the biotechnology industry.

The industry stream looks at imaging technologies that are increasingly being used in the pharmaceutical industry and the bio-technology sector and is designed for those seeking career opportunities in these sectors.

Molecular Imaging course structure

How you will be taught

A range of e-learning technologies will allow you to direct your learning, monitor your achievements and collaborate with your fellow students.

The curriculum has been designed to extend your capacities for problem solving and independent critical analysis. Students will be challenged to finding new solutions to problems in which medical imaging plays a key role. Once you gain skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of imaging methodologies you will be asked to apply that understanding to a range of real world problems.

For example, you may have to use current imaging techniques to determine whether a new drug for dementia is acting as intended by identifying an appropriate model, imaging technique and contrast agent.  Of even greater value to you, will be the experience of thinking deeply and critically about imaging technologies and their applications  - a key advantage in helping you to become an advanced thinker and future leader in this constantly changing field.


If you want to pursue a research career in the field of molecular imaging, the course provides a solid foundation to enter a PhD program. Alternatively, you may choose to enter the pharmaceutical industry or biotechnology sector, which widely use molecular imaging to screen novel putative therapeutics and diagnostics. The course may also lead to a rewarding career as a radio-pharmacist, physicist or engineer in a clinical molecular imaging department.

Entry Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the course you must have;

  • successful completed a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution.
  • examples of relevant degrees include Science (major in physics, chemistry or biology), Medical Science, Medical Imaging, Pharmacy, Engineering (major in electrical or biomedical) and Computer Science. However, if your degree is from a different field, contact us to discuss your eligibility
  • for international students* an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band (or TOEFL equivalent) is required.

How to apply

Click here for a full list of units of study, application details and fee information.

Domestic students - application closing date 31 January 2015

International students - application closing date 31 January 2015

*International Students

Upon final approval of the Master of Molecular Imaging, this course will be delivered on-campus and by distance. International students wishing to study in Australia will need to do so by distance in their home country. All students will be required to attend classes at the University of Sydney during mid-semester blocks of two weeks in length (10 weeks for the research pathway). Students continuing on to a PhD will be able to apply for a student visa at that time.


If you have any questions about this course please log an enquiry.

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