Published: 26 January 2017

A week in the life of a Medical Imaging MSc student

MSc Medical Imaging student Vanessa Azzopardi shares a typical week for her as a postgraduate student at Surrey.

Vanessa Azzopardi Medical Imaging student

Typical timetable

The following timetable is a personal example - for the latest module information, visit the electrical and electronic engineering subject page and select your degree programme.


9am to 11am – Radiation Physics lecture

11am to 12am – Grocery shopping and prepare lunch

4pm to 6pm – Radiation Physics lecture


No lectures - time for coursework and studying.

"Towards the beginning of each semester a day trip was scheduled to enhance out-of-the-classroom learning. Trips featured a visit to the Hunterian Museum and Royal College of Surgeons in London, boosting the understanding of human anatomy and biology, as well as a visit to Elekta in Crawley, Surrey showcasing the latest technology in radiosurgery, radiation therapy and cancer care."


9am to 11am – Professional Skills in Clinical Science & Engineering workshop or lab session

"The module comprised a seminar and two workshops dealing with professional skills, ethics and data protection as well as a series of hands-on laboratory sessions. The content and structure of this weekly slot was different for each week of the semester boasting versatility in this study programme."

12am to 2pm – Meet the Postgrad society for lunch by the lake

3pm to 7pm – Work on coursework

7pm to 8pm – Yoga session at the gym

"I believe that the decision to take up MSc. Medical Imaging at the University of Surrey was one of the best decisions I made and I feel that a bright future now lies ahead."


10am to 1pm – Introduction to Biology and Radiation Biology lecture

1pm to 2pm – Lunch at Hillside with course mates

2pm to 7pm – Work on coursework


9am to 12am – Image Processing and Machine Learning lecture

12am to 1pm – Lunch

3pm to 6pm – Image Processing and Machine Learning Lab session to assist with coursework

6pm to 8pm – Check out Surrey Learn for notes and course material

10pm – Night out with friends at Rubix

Saturday and Sunday

No lectures - time for coursework and studying.

"Alternatively, I use my free time to take a Students' Union day trip to discover different parts of the UK!"

Life at Surrey

"The MSc Medical Imaging programme I am taking is unique to Surrey. It features a balanced combination of engineering and physics modules in a very versatile mode of delivery. Ranging from standard lectures and laboratory sessions to seminars and day trips, the programme is packed with learning opportunities designed to accompany the traditional teaching methods and consolidate theoretical background.

"My programme is not a walk in the park; it is challenging and hours of work and dedication are a must but help is never far. Be it during lectures and lab sessions or during study periods, there is always a lecturer or a lab demonstrator as a point of contact if required. The students' needs are catered for at Surrey and that includes all aspects of wellbeing not just the academic side. In my opinion, the personal tutor scheme is a great way to keep track of the students throughout the year. At the beginning of the year, each student is assigned an academic to serve as a personal point of reference for any troubling issues which might arise throughout the year. This could be an educational issue, a troubling health problem or even financial crisis. All the student needs to do is to make contact with the tutor and the academic will be able to steer the student in the right direction.

"As the year unfolds, I cannot help thinking about the next step following my MSc at Surrey. Be that a job or doctoral studies, the student advisory services can offer professional guidance, putting my mind at ease that I have unbiased and honest support at my fingertips."  


Learn more about our electrical and electronic engineering degrees and read what our students have to say about life at Surrey to discover why we were named ‘Best University for Student Experience’ by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

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