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’ll also undertake a significant research thesis component (33–50% of your workload) with joint clinical or industry supervision with partners such as ANSTO, CSIRO and the Australian Synchrotron. 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
  • An Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Applied Differential Equations
  • Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics
  • Multivariate and Vector Calculus
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Medical Imaging
  • Instrumentation and Imaging Physics
  • Radiation Protection
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Radiotherapy
  • Radiobiology


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

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

2 years (4 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

067176M

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

A recognised Bachelor degree in Physics or Medicine with an equivalent average mark of 65%.

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)

88

18

18

18

18

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 Transfer

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

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $16,824
Full Course Fee: $67,296

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.

Entry Requirements

A recognised Bachelor degree in Physics or Medicine with an equivalent average mark of 65%.

Credit Transfer

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

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $16,320
Full Course Fee: $65,280

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.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

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-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

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 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

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

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
    Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

  • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February 2018
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

23 July 2018

Applications Close
29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Science (Medical Radiation Physics) will be able to:

  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
MTH8201Multivariate and Vector Calculus6Autumn
PHY8205Advanced Modern Physics6Autumn
PHYS965Detection of Radiation6Autumn
MEDI100Human Structure and Function6Autumn
PHYS966Physics of Radiotherapy6Autumn
MTH8202Differential Equations 26Spring
PHY8225Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics6Spring
PHY8255Radiation Physics6Spring
PHY8375Nuclear Physics6Spring
Year 2
PHY8305Quantum Mechanics6Autumn
PHY9325Electromagnetism6Autumn
PHYS962Medical Imaging6Autumn
PHYS961Radiobiology and Radiation Protection6Spring
PHYS963Nuclear Medicine6Spring
PHYS967Research Project12Annual, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).

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.