Master of Medical Physics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Medical Physics provides specialist postgraduate training in the application of radiation physics, dosimetry, imaging and radiobiology to cancer diagnosis and treatment, and to radiation detection and protection. The course is accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), the body responsible for the Training and Education Accreditation Program (TEAP) for medical physics registrars.

Upon successful completion of the core coursework units, you will:


  • have a sound knowledge of fundamental radiation and nuclear physics;

  • be able to correctly identify anatomical features in a clinical CT scan;

  • understand the difference between diagnostic and functional imaging;

  • be able to measure radiation dose with difference detectors;

  • know how to characterize radiation beams from clinical linear accelerators;

  • have a thorough knowledge of modern radiotherapy treatment techniques;

  • be able to develop computational models for imaging and dosimetry;

  • have a sound knowledge of radiation protection and radiobiology;

  • have an appreciation of advanced clinical techniques in medical physics, such as image-guided radiotherapy, multi-modal imaging and hadron therapy.

Units of study

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

Students follow the study pattern of the core units of study as required. You may undertake the course on a full time or part time basis. You will complete a total of 72 credit points (cp) of study comprising: 48cp of core units and PHYS5019 Research Project and Methodology (24cp).

Full time study is normally completed over the course of three semesters. You will normally take four units of study in your first semester; four units of study in your second semester; and complete your research project in your third and final semester. Your individual study plan will of course depend on the availability of units in a given semester.

View an example study plan table.

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over eight units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the research project units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed to provide an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the course, synthesise this with prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

An elective research pathway capstone experience in the award comprises PHYS5019 (24 credit points) (cp). Eligible candidates who have satisfactorily completed 48cp of core units of study by coursework may undertake a research project on an approved topic, exploring various research approaches and techniques, learning basic data analysis and interpretation, research writing and presentation skills.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Medical Physics provides the entry level qualification for medical physicists working in a hospital medical physics department. It is accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM). Graduates are able to apply for trainee medical physicist positions in hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. Medical physicists employed in hospitals often undertake research studies through a PhD research program. The Medical Physics program provides the minimum qualification necessary for eligibility into a TEAP Radiation Oncology or Nuclear Medicine Imaging registrar position.

Course accreditation

The Master of Medical Physics is accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), which is the body responsible for the Training and Education Accreditation Program (TEAP) for medical physics registrars.

Further study

Many of our graduates have successfully pursued further study in a range of internationally recognised academic programs. If you would like to be part of Sydney's research community, you may wish to consider applying for admission to a higher degree by research. Research can be completed through a Master of Science by research or a PhD. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research in specialised area of physics and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies. You can search for potential research projects and supervisors at Research Supervisor Connect.

Admission

Admission requirements

For domestic students, admission to the Master of Medical Physics requires:

a Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering, with a major in Physics and with a minimum grade point average of 3.25/5.

For international students, admission to the Master of Medical Physics requires:

a Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering, with a major in Physics and with a minimum grade point average of 3.25/5. English language requirements are available in the Essentials pane on the right hand side of this page, under the International students tab.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University by using the online application form, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.