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    09 July 2019

If you are a student of engineering or physical sciences, our MSc Medical Radiation Physics degree, will give you the necessary theoretical knowledge and understanding of fundamental aspects of the use of radiation in medicine, to enhance your career prospects.

You’ll get clinical practice through hands-on instruction with equipment used routinely in the hospital setting, including state-of-the-art MRI and CT facilities, and medical linear accelerators, which will prepare you for research or clinical training in this rapidly changing field. You’ll also get tuition in computer-based modelling, research methodology and the ethical dimensions associated with medical research.

This degree in Medical Radiation Physics is ideal preparation for Postgraduate research in medical physics technology and is also a pathway towards state registration as a clinical scientist.

Your Medical Radiation Physics course is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). IPEM is the professional body that works with physical science, engineering and clinical professionals in academia, healthcare services and industry in the UK, and supports clinical scientists and technologists in their practice through the provision and assessment of education and training.

Why Medical Radiation Physics at Swansea?

  • Top 3 Medical School in the UK (The Guardian University Guide and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st in the UK for Research Environment 2nd in the UK for Research Quality – Research Framework (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • Postgraduate students have access to facilities in the £100 million Institute of Life Science building
  • What Uni? Student Choice Award 2017 Winner – Postgraduate
  • Student placement available
  • Strong links with industrial organisations
  • Site visits available
  • Clinical guest speakers
  • Research projects with leading healthcare trusts

Your Medical Radiation Physics experience

From the moment you arrive at the Medical School, our specialist staff will help you plan and prepare for your future by identifying and developing skills that will enable you to make the most of your postgraduate degree and enhance your career options.

The close proximity of Swansea University to two of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK outside of London, as well Velindre NHS Trust (a strongly academic cancer treatment centre), offers you the opportunity for collaborative research through student placements.

Your course builds on the highly successful research partnerships between the Medical School and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, including the Institute of Life Science and Centre for NanoHealth initiatives, and ongoing work in Monte Carlo-based radiotherapy modelling and dosimeter development, body composition, tissue characterisation and novel modes of the detection of disease with state-of-the-art CT and MRI facilities.

Medical Radiation Physics employment opportunities

We aim to provide you with an increased knowledge and understanding of Medical Radiation Physics, and the skills and knowledge you need to apply your learning to professional practice.

As such, this Master’s degree in Medical Radiation Physics will give you the in-depth knowledge of the field to potentially enhance your prospects for career progression.

Medical Radiation Physics modules

Modules on the Medical Radiation Physics course may include:

  • Nanoscale Simulation
  • MSc Dissertation - Medical Radiation Physics
  • Research Methods in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering
  • Medical Imaging
  • Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology
  • Radiation Protection
  • Radiotherapy Physics
  • Advanced Radiotherapy
  • Advanced Radiation Safety
  • Introduction to the practice of Medical Physicists & Clinical Engineers in Health Care

How you're taught on the Medical Radiation Physics course

Your face-to-face teaching on campus will be supplemented by radiation science laboratories, CT and MRI imaging system demonstrations, computer image processing and modelling laboratories (MATLAB). Throughout your degree the emphasis will be on practical as well as analytical skills.

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Visit the Medical Radiation Physics MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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