Postgraduate taught 

Biotechnology MSc

Bio-Imaging for Research Scientists BIOL5261

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

An introduction to the science of imaging and image analysis in life sciences.


This course is comprised of lectures and practical classes in semester 2.

Excluded Courses





An evidence-based critical review of different imaging modalities (2,000 word essay). [50%]

An analysis of an image data set chosen from a set range, with a presentation of the results obtained in a short (8-10mins) recorded video. [50%]

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with both knowledge and practical skills in biological image analysis (BioImaging). Students will be introduced to a wide range of techniques and technologies for collecting images of cells and biological tissues. Tuition will be given in the appropriate design of protocols and appropriate methods of quantitative image analysis.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ Use ImageJ for 2D and 3D image processing and analysis. 

■ Design effective and appropriate imaging experiments and analysis protocols.

■ Critically appraise the structure, capture and storage of digital images. 

■ Critically evaluate the use of fluorescent probes and issues surrounding their selection. 

■ Critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of different imaging modalities.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.