What will I learn?

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.

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences



Study options

Full Time (2 years (4 sessions))

Tuition fees
A$39,408.00 (US$ 27,125) per year
AUD $78,816 for the entire course; Session fee: AUD $19,704

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

Application deadline

14 February 2020

More details

Start date

2 March 2020


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A recognized Bachelors degree with an equivalent average mark of 50%; or a UOW Graduate Certificate. Other tertiary qualifications combined with extensive professional work experience will be considered. English language requirements: IELTS - 6.5 (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking – 6.0); TOEFL – 88 (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking – 18)

For international students

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

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 6.5, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0, speaking 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 86, reading 18, writing 18, listening 17, speaking 17; TOEFL (Paper): 575; Cambridge English: CAE and CPE score of 176; PTE Academic overall score of 64 (All bands 57).

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About this uni

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students