MSc in Medical Physics with Radiobiology

University of Oxford    Department of Oncology

Full time October MSc 1 year Award winner
Biological Sciences (4) Engineering (12) Medicine (26) Physics (29)

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The MSc in Medical Physics with Radiobiology at the University of Oxford is a prestigious one-year, full-time programme designed for individuals interested in a career in medical physics. Taught by world-leading academics and clinical scientists, this course explores the use of ionising and non-ionising radiation in clinical practice, including radiotherapy and medical imaging. The programme covers modules such as the physics of radiation interactions, molecular radiation biology, radiobiology of cells and tissues, radiation safety, non-ionising radiation technologies, ionising radiation imaging technologies, radiation therapy physics, and translational research methods. Applicants should have a first-class or upper second-class honours degree in physics or a related subject. Scholarships are available.

About the course

The MSc in Medical Physics with Radiobiology is a one-year, full-time course run by the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford, delivered by world-leading academics and clinical scientists.

The main aim of this course is to discuss how ionising and non-ionising radiation are used in clinical practice, both in the context of radiotherapy and medical imaging. This is combined with principles of radiobiology at molecular and cellular level, to give graduates a better understanding of the effects of radiation than is achieved in other medical physics courses.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours, (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum in physics or a closely related subject.

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Student Profile

Rabiatul Adawiah

Have you ever wondered how physics and chemistry can be applied to cancer research? I did. While writing my PhD thesis in theoretical chemical physics and questioning my life decisions (most PhD candidates will likely experience this), I wanted to find a field that combined my innate interest in cancer research with my educational background in physics and chemistry – a challenging task. After careful consideration, I chose to pursue this course. I was impressed by the course's well-rounded structure and broad scope, and the course did not disappoint.

One of the things I appreciated most about the course was the interactive and engaging lectures. We had the opportunity to participate in lab sessions, and lecture demonstrations, and even use phone apps to assist with radiotherapy planning. The small tutorial groups allowed for in-depth discussions on various topics. The course's holistic approach not only equipped us with knowledge on radiation biology, but also of other cancer treatment modalities, such as immunotherapy and chemotherapy. Additionally, I had the honour of interacting with and learning from some of the best cancer researchers in the world.

The highlight of the course for me was the research component. I had the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge FLASH radiotherapy research, a ground-breaking cancer treatment. This new technology to deliver electrons at ultra-high dose rates, developed by the research group "Physics and Biology of FLASH Radiation", holds promise for cancer treatment with minimal side effects. Through this research project, I honed my skills in image processing and data analysis and expanded my programming skills in MATLAB and Python.

Currently, I am doing my postdoctoral fellowship specializing in translational research, particularly in developing new medical technologies for the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. I am also involved in a collaborative evidence gap mapping project for The World Health Organization classification of tumours blue books, with the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This project aims to increase the discoverability and use of studies by researchers, ultimately advancing the field of cancer research.

This course opened doors for me to the field of cancer research, and my long-term goal is to become a group leader or principal investigator (PI), carving out my own speciality in combining FLASH radiotherapy and MedTech.

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