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What will I learn?

Your career as a medical physicist

Medical physicists oversee the safe use of radiation and other physical phenomena for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases.

What you will study

This degree covers a range of physical science topics with applications in medicine, such as radiotherapy and imaging.

A strong emphasis is placed on the protection of workers, patients and staff from harmful effects of radiation.

Develop specialist knowledge in quantitative measurement and the evaluation of safe radiation exposure for patients and staff.

Medical physicists are employed in the fields of radiotherapy, medical imaging, nuclear medicine and associated research and regulatory divisions of non-hospital institutions.

You’ll develop the skills to critically evaluate and optimise the performance of medical equipment and procedures and use your problem-solving abilities to analyse outputs, diagnose problems and provide quality assurance for patient treatments.

Using your initiative together with a high degree of independence, you’ll be instrumental in the evaluation and implementation of new technologies and in the translation of research into professional practice.

Medical physicists are important advisors to their team of professionals who often include oncologists, radiologists, therapists, technologists and biomedical engineers.

Career

Qualified medical physicists are highly sought after due to an increasing ageing population and the expansion of radiation oncology and medical imaging facilities and services.

RMIT graduates in the areas of medical physics, radiation and health physics are employed in the fields of:

radiotherapy
medical imaging
nuclear medicine
radiation protection
mining and prospecting
government regulatory agencies
associated research activities of non-hospital institutions.

Our graduates are employed throughout Australia, as well as the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Career outlook

Australia is experiencing an expansion of radiation oncology and medical imaging facilities and service, with the construction of new treatment centres, particularly in regional centres. The current national workforce demand has been forecast to grow significantly over the next two decades. Similar demand and growth is being experienced worldwide.

A postgraduate qualification in medical physics is mandatory to become a certified practising medical physicist in Australia.

Which department am I in?

STEM College

CRICOS

080227G

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,440.00 (20,36,997) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February 2023

Venue

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Melbourne City Campus,

124 La Trobe Street,

MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3000, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a physical science, biomedical engineering disciplines having substantial physics and mathematics components, with a minimum average of 60%/Credit

For international students

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a physical science, biomedical engineering disciplines having substantial physics and mathematics components, with a minimum average of 60%/Credit or a GPA of at least 2.0 (out of 4.0).

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

RMIT University has obtained a 5-Star QS ranking for excellence in higher education.

  • Ranked 21st globally for universities less than 50 years old
  • 15th highest-ranked university in Australia
  • 8th in Australia for graduate employability
  • Industry partnerships in 100+ countries