University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Medical Physics

The syllabus for this programme is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experience required for a modern graduate medical physicist, placing more emphasis than many other courses on topics beyond ionising radiation (X-rays and radiotherapy). Examples of other topics include magnetic resonance imaging and the use of lasers in medicine. You will learn the theoretical foundations underpinning modern imaging and treatment modalities, and will gain a set of experimental skills essential in a modern medical physicist's job. These skills are gained through experimental sessions in the physics department and practical experiences at collaborating hospitals using state-of-the-art clinical facilities.

Course modules

Example module listing: radiation physics; radiation measurement; experimental and professional skills for medical physics; introduction to biology and radiation biology; therapy physics; diagnostic applications of ionising radiation physics; non-ionising radiation imaging; extended group project; research project.

Sponsorship information

Regional Health Authorities offer a number of trainee clinical scientist (medical physicist) posts; selected candidates may also apply for scholarships, in competition; posts usually advertised in New Scientist in January and applications made through the NHS Clinical Scientist Recruitment Board; CTA funding. Hounsfield Prize: A prize of £200 is awarded annually for the best dissertation on the Medical Physics programme. Sir Hounsfield was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1979 for his work on Computed Tomography. Mayneord Prize: A prize of £200 in memory of Professor Valentine Mayneord will be awarded to the student with the best overall performance on the Medical Physics course. Professor Mayneord was 1 of the pioneers of medical physics, who had a long association with the Department and encouraged the growth of teaching and research in the field. Knoll Prize: A prize of £300 in memory of Professor Glenn Knoll is awarded annually to the student with outstanding performance in Radiation Physics and Radiation Measurement on any of the department's MSc programmes. Professor Knoll was a world-leading authority in radiation detection, with a long association with the department.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 - 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 - 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site GU2 7XH South East

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