Medical Physics MSc

Why choose this course?

Our Medical Physics MSc programme is well-established and internationally renowned. We are accredited by IPEM (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) and we have trained more than 1,000 medical physicists, so you can look forward to high-quality teaching during your time at Surrey.

What you will study

The syllabus for the MSc Medical Physics is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experience required for a modern graduate medical physicist.

It places more emphasis than many other courses on topics beyond ionising radiation (X-rays and radiotherapy) to include, amongst other topics, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and the use of lasers in medicine.

You will learn the theoretical foundations underpinning modern imaging and treatment modalities, and will gain a set of experimental skills essential in a modern medical physicist’s job. These skills are gained through experimental sessions in the Department of Physics and practical experiences at collaborating hospitals using state-of-the-art clinical facilities.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months Oct 2018
MSc Part-time 24 months Oct 2018
Stag Hill

Professional recognition

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
Accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Academic performance prizes

Hounsfield Prize

A prize of £200 is awarded annually for the best dissertation on the Medical Physics programme. Sir Hounsfield was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1979 for his work on Computed Tomography.

Mayneord Prize

A prize of £200 in memory of Professor Valentine Mayneord will be awarded to the student with the best overall performance on the Medical Physics course. Professor Mayneord was one of the pioneers of medical physics, who had a long association with the Department and encouraged the growth of teaching and research in the field.

Knoll Prize

A prize of £300 in memory of Professor Glenn Knoll is awarded annually to the student with outstanding performance in Radiation Physics and Radiation Measurement on any of the department's MSc programmes. Professor Knoll was a world-leading authority in radiation detection, with a long association with the department.

IPEM Student Prize (MSc Medical Physics)

A prize of £250 is awarded annually to a student with outstanding performance in their dissertation.

Programme leader

Dr Silvia Pani

Our students

  • Katie Ley, PhD Medical Physics

    “The research I’m conducting could assist and improve procedures for many patients; it’s a good feeling to be researching something that could make a difference!”

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  • Elaine Zhu, MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection

    “For me, Surrey was the best choice based on quality of education, reputation, environment and location.”

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Our graduates

  • Sakchai Buppaungkul, MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection

    "Thanks to the additional knowledge I gained on the Masters programme, I have secured a promotion to the position of Radiation Physicist."

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  • Nicholas Bates, MSc Medical Physics, class of 2017

    Nicholas Bates, PhD Student, University of Surrey

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  • My Surrey experience – Louise Weller, Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics

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  • My Surrey Experience: Elaine Zhu, MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection

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  • My Surrey Experience – Sakchai Buppaungkul, MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection

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The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can assist you in developing your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and register with the service so that they can be appropriately supported during their studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also provided to students where appropriate.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum UK 2.2 in a UK honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Chemistry, Engineering, Physics or a related disipline.

Subjects related to Computer Science, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Medical Imaging or Radiological Sciences may also be considered. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Oct 2018 £9,800 £20,500
Part-time Oct 2018 £4,900 £10,300

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Funding

Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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Surrey International Scholarship for Engineering and Physical Sciences 2018 entry

These university-funded scholarships are worth £2,500 - £5,000 for 2018 entry on select MSc programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences departments.

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Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.

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Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Contact us

General enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Admissions enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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