Postgraduate Awards in Medical Physics

At the University of Sydney students wishing to study Medical Physics through the Institute of Medical Physics within the School of Physics may undertake either a coursework program towards the award of a Master of Medical Physics degree (M.Med.Phys.) or a Graduate Diploma in Medical Physics (Grad.Dip.Med.Phys.), or a research program towards the award of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or a Master of Science (M.Sc.).

Master of Medical Physics (M.Med.Phys.)

Candidates for the Master of Medical Physics degree are expected to have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree in the physical sciences with a major in physics, or an equivalent degree, and a GPA of 65% or better. The Master of Medical Physics is undertaken over three semesters (full-time) or six semesters (part-time). During the first two (four) full-time (part-time) semesters, students undertake the following lecture course units:

  • PHYS 5011 Nuclear Physics
  • PHYS 5012 Radiation Physics and Dosimetry
  • PHYS 5002 Anatomy and Biology Essentials for Physicists
  • PHYS 5029 Nuclear Medicine Physics
  • PHYS 5005 Radiotherapy Physics
  • PHYS 5006 Medical Imaging Physics
  • PHYS 5020 Computation and Image Processing
  • PHYS 5018 Health Physics and Radiation Protection

In addition to these coursework units, M.Med.Phys. candidates also undertake a research project normally over one (full-time) or two (part-time) semester(s).

Completion of the Master of Medical Physics degree will satisfy one of the requisites for the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) training, education and accreditation program.

Graduate Diploma in Medical Physics (Grad.Dip.Med.Phys.)

Students undertake the same lecture course units as the Master of Medical Physics students (see above), but do not undertake a research project.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy research degree in Medical Physics may be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis. In the case of full-time candidates, the minimum period of candidature is three years for candidates holding a First Class Honours Bachelors degree or Masters degree in the physical sciences or equivalent. The maximum period of candidature is four years. Part-time candidature may be approved for applicants who can demonstrate that they are engaged in an occupation or other activity which leaves them substantially free to pursue their candidature.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy degree in Medical Physics may be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis. In the case of full-time candidature the minimum period of candidature is 1.5 years; the maximum period is two years. In the case of part-time candidature the minimum and maximum periods are three years and four years respectively.