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Can the application of physics concepts, theories and methods save lives?

Our MSc in Medical Physics is internationally renowned. We are accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

We have trained more than 1,000 medical physicists, so you can look forward to pioneering teaching during your time at Surrey.

What you will study

The syllabus for our MSc in Medical Physics will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience required for a modern graduate medical physicist.

It places more emphasis than many other similar courses on topics beyond ionising radiation (X-rays and radiotherapy) to include, amongst other topics, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and the use of lasers in medicine.

You will learn the theoretical foundations of modern imaging and treatments, and you will gain a set of experimental skills essential in a modern medical physicist’s job. These skills are gained through experimental sessions in our Department of Physics and through practical experiences at collaborating hospitals using advanced clinical facilities.

Academic year structure

Full-time students complete 4 modules per semester, whereas part-time students typically complete 2 modules per semester. The dissertation topics are normally allocated towards the end of the Spring Semester. The dissertation project work will be carried out during the summer period; part-time students will work on their dissertation in the summer of their 2nd year.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Professional recognition

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Academic performance prizes

Hounsfield Prize

A prize of £200 is awarded annually for the best research dissertation in the field of Medical Physics. Sir Godfrey 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 MSc in Medical Physics. Professor Mayneord was one 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.

Glen Knoll Prize

A prize of £300 in memory of Prof Glenn Knoll is awarded annually to a student with outstanding performance in Radiation Physics and Radiation Measurement on any of the Department’s MSc programmes. Prof Knoll was a world-leading authority in radiation detection with a long association with the Department.

IPEM Student Prize (MSc Medical Physics)

A prize of £250 awarded to a student on the MSc in Medical Physics programme with outstanding performance in their dissertation.


Visit the Medical Physics (MSc) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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