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MSc Medical Physics

Course Description

Students receive a thorough academic grounding in Medical Physics, are exposed to its practice in a hospital environment, and complete a short research project. Many graduates take up careers in health service medical physics, either in the UK or their home country. The MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine as fulfilling part of the training requirements for those wishing to work in the NHS.

The programme spans three terms, each lasting four months. In the first term, the core courses provide a good general grounding in Medical Physics. Lectures cover the physics and engineering aspects of techniques including nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, magnetic resonance imaging, X-ray CT and ultrasound. Others are designed to build students’ knowledge in topics such as radiation physics, experimental statistics and biomechanics. Additionally, lectures on anatomy, physiology and biochemistry provide students with a basic medical knowledge. Lectures are supported by practicals, demonstrations and visits to clinical departments. In the second term, three topics are selected from a list of 8 and are studied in detail. Topics include Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Medical Electronics, Medical Image Processing, Diagnostic Radiology & Radiation Protection, Biomedical Computing and Ultrasound in Medicine.
The final term is spent carrying out a short research project, during which the student completes an attachment within a research laboratory (e.g. MRI research) or a clinical department (e.g. Nuclear Medicine).

Many of the graduates from this programme have used their training to obtain employment as hospital medical physicists, usually at training grades, in the UK and elsewhere. Graduates have also been employed in small and large medical imaging companies, such as those that manufacture MRI scanners and linear accelerators. Another career option open to our graduates is to work as researchers in academic institutions.

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

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirement fpr this MSc programme is an Honours degree (a second class degree (at least 60% or GPA 2.4/4) in an Engineering or Physical Science subject.Applicants whose first language is not english should note that english language proficiency, more details on this can be found at View Website

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