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Overview

The Master of Medical Physics will set you on the path to becoming a clinical medical physicist. This entry-level qualification will give you the foundation knowledge to work within a clinical setting across areas of medicine including cancer treatment, diagnostic imaging, and health physics.

The Sydney Medical Physics program provides specialist postgraduate training in the application of radiation physics, dosimetry, imaging and radiobiology for a range of medical conditions including cancer, and to radiation detection and protection. The one-and-a-half-year Masters course offers you a wide variety of subjects in radiation physics, nuclear physics, radiation dosimetry, anatomy and biology, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy physics, medical imaging physics, image processing, radiation biology, health physics and research methodology.

This program is offered through the School of Physics, which will give you access to world-class teaching and research facilities. As a student of this program you will benefit from highly experienced teaching and research staff in this discipline area through the Institute of Medical Physics and affiliated teaching hospitals and research institutes.

The Masters program is accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), which is the body responsible for the Training and Education Accreditation Program (TEAP) for medical physics registrars. You will learn the latest knowledge and techniques enabling you to find employment in a number of areas of medical physics and health data management.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students.  This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study


Students follow the study pattern of the core units of study as required. You may undertake the course on a full time or part time basis. You will complete a total of 72 credit points of core units, including 24 credit points of a research project (PHYS5035 and PHYS5036).

Full time study is normally completed over the course of three semesters. You will normally take four units of study in your first semester; four units of study in your second semester; and complete your research project in your third and final semester.

Degree sample: Master of Medical Physics

  Semester 1

  Semester 2

  Year 1

  Anatomy and Biology

  Nuclear Physics and Magnetic
  Resonance Imaging

  Radiation Physics and Dosimetry  

  Nuclear Medicine Physics

  Health Physics and Radiation  

  Computation and Image
  Processing

  Radiotherapy Physics

  Medical Imaging Physics

  Year 2

  Research Methodology and Project

 

Units of Study

Admission requirement

For admission into this course, you should have a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Engineering with a credit average and with a major in the discipline of physics. A credit average means a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 65. Applicants who do not meet the requirements for admission into the Master of Medical Physics may wish to consider applying for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Medical Physics. As part of the embedded program, upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Medical Physics with a credit average, students may gain entry to the Master of Medical Physics through an internal "upgrade".

A very limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) may be available to domestic applicants for this course from year to year. For S1, 2018 commencements, all domestic applicants who apply by 31 January 2018  and are successful for admission into this course are automatically ranked and assessed for CSP by the Faculty of Science on the basis of academic merit. No additional application to the Faculty is required. Only top-ranked applicants will be granted CSP, subject to yearly availability. Late applicants will not be considered for CSP.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Medical Physics is accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.

Career Pathways

There are a number of career pathways in Medical Physics. You could work in one of many different health areas such as being involved with the commissioning, calibration, safe operation and maintenance of systems used for looking at or measuring what is happening in the body eg x-rays, ultrasound, light in various frequencies, laser Doppler blood flow measurement, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear medicine.

Once you complete your degree you can apply for a training position (TEAP) at a clinical department in Australia or New Zealand as a Registrar in one of the following three speciality areas: nuclear medicine, radiation oncology and diagnostic imaging.

Radiation oncology medical physicists (ROMPs) are medical physicists who create, implement and monitor the procedures which allow the best treatment using radiation.

Diagnostic imaging medical physicists (DIMPs) are involved in numerous modalities for acquiring images of a patient's anatomy or physiology and play an important role in the quality assurance of equipment and ensuring optimum image quality with minimal radiation exposure.

Medical physics graduates may also be employed In the following areas:

Non-Hospital employers:

  • Government labs eg ANSTO, ARPANSA,
  • Other Government: policy (ministry of health, CI NSW)
  • Patents offices
  • Industry

Health related, non-clinical roles include:

  • eHealth (management of health data e.g. database linkage, statistics for health economics, future planning such as health resources
  • Big Data (analysis of large data sets to Identify patterns that may guide patient healthcare pathways)

Research:

  • University, government or commercial laboratory or hospital based.

Medical physicists may undertake higher degree studies through a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research program.

Domestic students

International students

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