Master of Science (Medical Radiation Physics)

Course summary

The Master of Science (Medical Radiation Physics) is a program for graduates with preliminary education background in physics, mathematics, biology or engineering who wish to work in public health and related areas, and who have a need for current knowledge and technical expertise in Medical Radiation Physics.

This degree

Our Medical Radiation Physics (MRP) program is backed by clinical associations with local and Sydney hospitals - over 50% of current practising medical physicists in NSW were educated and trained at UOW. Our strong ties with industries and government labs ensure you receive significant industry exposure throughout your degree.

Your lectures in Nuclear Medicine, Radiobiology and Radiation Protection and practical classes will be held in hospitals by practising Medical Physicists and university academics. You will benefit from the strong collaborative links in research and development that our staff have with local and international companies and leading medical radiation physics institutions.

These include:
  • USA: Brookhaven National Laboratory, MIT, Harvard School of Medicine Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Beam Centre (MGH), Loma Linda University Medical Centre, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, Stanford University (SLAC), Montefiore Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECM)
  • Japan: KEK, Tsukuba Proton Therapy Centre, NIRS, Hitachi
  • Europe: SPA ‘BIT’, Institute for Scintillating Materials (Ukraine), SINTEF(Norway), CERN, (Switzerland), European Synchroton Radiation Facility, (France), PTB, Heidelberg Heavy Ion Therapy and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany)
  • Australia: ANSTO, CSIRO, Gammasonics Institute for Medical Research Pty Ltd, Optical Fibre CRC, Insight Oceania Pty Ltd, Hitachi Australia, Siemens, Varian


The Master of Science (Medical Radiation Physics) has been approved as a professionally oriented Master program eligible for Student Income Support. For further information, please contact the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) on 132 490.

What you will study

The Master program comprises 12 coursework subjects and an applied research project under the supervision of professional medical physicists. Coursework subjects include:
  • Advanced Modern Physics
  • Detection of Radiation
  • Human Structure and Function
  • Differential Equations: Analysis and Applications
  • Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics
  • Radiation Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Physics of Radiotherapy
  • Radiobiology and Radiation Protection
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Multivariate and Vector Calculus

When you study the Medical Radiation Physics program you will gain an in-depth understanding of technical and theoretical knowledge, complemented with embedded practical work at hospitals and industry to prepare you for a career as a Medical Physicist in:
  • Radiotherapy and nuclear medicine departments in hospitals
  • Radiation protection in industrial and scientific facilities
  • Research, development and commercialisation of radiation medical instrumentation
  • Medical physics instrumentation sales.

Course information

Study area

Engineering, Physics, Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1603

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

067176M

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A recognised Bachelor degree in Physics with an equivalent average mark of 65%, otherwise any Bachelor degree with at least first year university level physics and mathematics, with an equivalent average mark of 75%.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

The maximum amount of external credit that can be awarded at the postgraduate level is 50% of the credit point value of the UOW course.

For further information contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 (within Australia) or +61 2 4221 3218 (if overseas).

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$19,056 (2021)

$76,224 (2021)

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places may also be available subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A recognised Bachelor degree in Physics with an equivalent average mark of 65%, otherwise any Bachelor degree with at least first year university level physics and mathematics, with an equivalent average mark of 75%.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

86

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

The maximum amount of external credit that can be awarded at the postgraduate level is 50% of the credit point value of the UOW course.

For further information contact UOW Future Students, or telephone 1300 367 869 (within Australia) or +61 2 4221 3218 (if overseas).

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$19,704 (2021)

$78,816 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 17 January 2021*
  • International Applicants: 17 January 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
  • International Applicants: 27 June 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Evaluate medical radiation related instrumentation and apply techniques associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
2 Interpret theoretical, practical and professional information and communicate knowledge, ideas and procedures to other health care professionals/practitioners, researchers and other key stakeholders.
3 Employ independent learning strategies to self-evaluate and update professional knowledge of innovations in medical radiation physics.
4 Apply knowledge of the basic structure and function of the human body relevant to clinical diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
5 Evaluate radiation and radioactivity, its properties, units of measure, dosimetry measurement concepts and methods.
6 Appraise radiation safety practices and procedures associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
7 Exercise critical thinking and judgement of the biological effects of radiation and its application for radiation safety and for radiation treatment.
8 Perform the clinical support procedures required of a medical physicist in a professional and ethical manner.
9 Design, research, synthesise key information and apply expert judgement in completing independent research projects and thesis in the field of medical radiation physics.

Course Structure

The program  comprises of fourteen coursework subjects and a research project:   

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MTH8201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6 Autumn
PHY8205 Advanced Modern Physics 6 Autumn
PHYS965 Detection of Radiation 6 Autumn
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
MTH8202 Differential Equations: Analysis and Applications 6 Autumn
PHY8225 Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics 6 Spring
PHY8255 Radiation Physics 6 Spring
PHY8375 Nuclear Physics 6 Spring
Year 2
PHY8305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHY9325 Electromagnetism 6 Autumn
PHYS962 Medical Imaging 6 Autumn
PHYS966 Physics of Radiotherapy 6 Autumn
PHYS961 Radiobiology and Radiation Protection 6 Spring
PHYS963 Nuclear Medicine 6 Spring
PHYS967 Research Project 12 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) and the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP).

Why choose this course

The University of Wollongong’s School of Physics received “above world standard performance” classification in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings in Condensed Matter Physics and Other Physical Sciences (Medical Radiation Physics).

When you study at UOW you join a vibrant community made up of leading fundamental physics and medical radiation physics researchers and teachers.