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Medical Radiation Physics

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). This programme provides students of engineering and the physical sciences with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the use of radiation in medicine, in order for you to become conversant in radiation physics mechanisms, human physiology and medical terminology. A direct link to the clinical practice of medical physics is provided through hands-on experience with equipment used routinely in the hospital setting, including state-of-the-art MRI and CT facilities, and medical linear accelerators, in order to prepare you for research or clinical training in this rapidly changing field. Tuition provides experience in computer-based modelling and research methodology, including the ethical dimensions associated with medical research. The programme benefits from highly successful research partnerships between Swansea University Medical School and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board, including the Institute of Life Science and Centre for NanoHealth initiatives, as well as local industry. Research projects examine advanced practice in radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and radiation protection, software and medical device development; typically making use of Monte Carlo modelling, high performance computing and image processing methodologies. The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Course modules

Modules typically include: advanced radiotherapy; data analysis and method development; introduction to clinical science; medical imaging; MSc research project; nanoscale simulation; nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology; radiation detectors; radiation protection; radiotherapy physics; research methods.

Assessment methods

The award of the MSc is based on satisfactory performance in examinations, continuous assessment and research dissertation. The examinations are taken in January and May/June and, if passed satisfactorily, students move on to the full-time research project during the summer. The research dissertation is submitted in September and is examined externally.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 8,950 (Year 1) International 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 3,000 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 17,000 (Year 1) International 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,700 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 Years

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