University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Medical Physics

This course is designed to provide students with 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 include magnetic resonance scanning and the use of lasers in medicine. Although applications of ionising radiation seem likely to remain a major branch of medical physics, other fields are increasingly important, and modern medical physicists are now involved in the wide range of physical problems which arise in clinical medicine.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in the physical sciences, electronics or in a relevant engineering discipline. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Radiation measurements; radiation physics; radiation laboratory skills; introduction to biology and radiation biology; diagnostic applications of ionising radiation physics; extended group project; non-ionising radiation imaging; research therapy physics; project and dissertation.

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,800 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 18,000 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 9,000 per Year 1 (International) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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